Sport Jim Harbaugh is Best When He’s Selling Something Other Than Himself

18:41  19 june  2017
18:41  19 june  2017 Source:   thebiglead.com

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Jim Harbaugh is a khaki-covered salesman, trafficking in two interconnected commodities. First is Jim Harbaugh himself , the eccentric football coach keenly aware of his press clippings. The simple fact is this: Harbaugh is best when he ’ s selling the Michigan Experience.

He was more obtuse than humorous earlier today, when Harbaugh appeared on ESPN Radio with Colin Cowherd. “You’re not giving me a ton to work with, Coach,” Cowherd said, “So I just want to find something out about Jim Harbaugh the human being. . . .

File photo© File Photo File photo Jim Harbaugh is a khaki-covered salesman, trafficking in two interconnected commodities.

First is Jim Harbaugh himself, the eccentric football coach keenly aware of his press clippings. A man who never met a video camera or microphone he didn't like. A man out to prove he's not just smarter than everyone else, but that he is the most precious of all the snowflakes and there are none even remotely similar.

Michigan fans have bought this in bulk from the moment he was announced as the next savior of the storied Wolverines. So has much of the national media, evidenced by the stampede to anoint him as the greatest thing since sliced bread. Dissenters, such as myself, have remained nonplussed while suggesting the carnival act may be too outsized for its own good.

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The Alabama football coach employs a more stoic tactic when selling his program — and by stoic, we mean humorless. Then there is Jim Harbaugh , the anti-Saban In that sense, Harbaugh ’ s escapades have brought something more than attention; they’ve brought increased pressure and expectation.

Jim Harbaugh is a different story. Michigan might be willing to bankrupt the university to get him there, and he That’s the other side of this conversation. The 49ers roster he inherited had more talent than people realize, and the front office he ’ s been working with is one of the two or three best in the league.

In two years, Harbaugh has posted back-to-back 10-3 seasons. Ann Arbor is once again home to a title contender. The problem, of course, is that no real titles have been achieved. The Wolverines have finished third in the Big Ten East both years despite a deeply rich roster and consistent play.

But Harbaugh is selling something else and is far outpacing the rest of the college football world. Harbaugh is selling the Michigan Experience - a remarkable and ever-evolving foray into the bizarre and far-flung. And that experience cannot be judged with the same clear bottom line that Harbaugh, The Football Coach is judged.

There is no doubt both Harbaugh and Michigan fans would trade a national championship or - hell, a Big Ten crown - for the ancillary trappings. They are more interested in lifting hardware than a Signing of the Stars Event, a hobnobbing relationship with Derek Jeter, or an excursion to the Roman ruins. It's unfair to suggest, as many have, that Harbaugh is over his skis in building up a bizarro funhouse before he's proven the ability to beat Ohio State or win a meaningful road game while leading winged helmets.

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When Jim Harbaugh was hired by Michigan, Ann Arbor was ecstatic. Fast forward to this weekend where Michigan was upended by a Spartan team that went 3-9 last year and you have to ask: Is Jim Harbaugh actually better than Brady Hoke? (spoiler: he isn’t).

- Jim Harbaugh cut himself shaving about a month ago, and there' s a pretty good chance you didn't hear about it. " He became a story," the elder Harbaugh said. "I never sat down and talked with him about it, we never had a discussion about it, but I think in other discussions that we've had I think he

Collegiate athletes, especially football players at a money-making program like Michigan, are denied their fair-market value. Harbaugh's gimmicks help provide his players with priceless experiences. They are less quirks than they are features of the culture he's aiming to build. They may serve to help build his personal brand, but the benefits to his team are obvious.

Sports are supposed to be fun. Levity and life lessons are not solely reserved for 14-0 or 13-1 teams.

The simple fact is this: Harbaugh is best when he's selling the Michigan Experience. And access to his unique football brain is part of it. Legitimate questions about the on-field outcomes he brings can be asked. It seems prudent to weigh those, in context, against his brilliant salesmanship and product development in other aspects of the job.


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