Harbaugh makes appearance on 'College GameDay'

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Ann Arbor — Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh made a brief appearance Saturday on ESPN's "College GameDay" in Ann Arbor before Saturday night's Michigan-Wisconsin basketball game at the Crisler Center, and tried his hand at some basketball coaching.

ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas asked Harbaugh, a former quarterback at Michigan and in the NFL, about his high school basketball career in Palo Alto, Calif.

Harbaugh said he was "probably average" as a player, and Bilas asked his scoring average.

"(I averaged) 19.8 points a game … not that I was counting," said Harbaugh, laughing, adding he took a lot of shots, and that was before the 3-point line existed.

For Harbaugh, who has been on the job since Dec. 30, this is a big football recruiting weekend with a number of players visiting.

A Michigan student also participated in the State Farm-endorsed half-court contest in which he attempted as many shots as possible in 18 seconds. He had to make those attempts with Harbaugh feeding him basketballs.

Before the student began, ESPN showed a clip of Harbaugh sinking a half-court shot at Kansas last March.

As the student made his shots, Harbaugh constantly coached.

"Don't watch the shot! Don't watch the shot!" Harbaugh said, and then after the student's next miss, he implored again, "Don't watch it!"

Even after 18 seconds were over, Harbaugh was still coaching.

"Don't watch the ball," he told him. "As soon as you shoot it, go get another one."

Harbaugh then attempted two half-court shots, with the second hitting the rim.