Glasgow praises UM’s Harbaugh as ‘genuine guy’

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Michigan offensive lineman Graham Glasgow runs through drills during practice Tuesday for the Senior Bowl at Fairhope Municipal Stadium in Fairhope, Alabama.

Mobile, Ala. — As a former walk-on at Michigan, Graham Glasgow would’ve loved for a coach to spend the night at his house or climb a tree in his backyard.

And the former Wolverines offensive lineman doesn’t see anything wrong with coach Jim Harbaugh taking sleepover visits as he tries to woo recruits.

“You know those commercials, like the ‘Most Interesting Man in the World?’ ” Glasgow said after Senior Bowl practice Tuesday. “He’s like the most interesting coach in the world. He’s a really, really genuine guy, and he really just cares about his players. And even though he looks crazy out there on game days and all that stuff, he’s really not like that behind closed doors.

“He really cares about his players, and that’s something that I really love about Coach Harbaugh.”

But, what makes him so interesting?

“Just everything he does,” Glasgow said. “If any other coach did it, I feel like it would be weird to me, but Coach Harbaugh’s like, ‘I’m going to go spend the night at a recruit’s house.’ That’s awesome.

“I think that he’s a cool guy, and that’s sort of what he can do just because of how he is. That’s Coach Harbaugh.”

Michigan fans have seen Harbaugh’s unique tactics both on and off the field since he took over as head coach last year. The Wolverines went 10-3 in his first year, and as he starts to gather his recruiting class, it looks like Michigan should start to be in contention more than in recent years.

Despite the wackiness that draws attention to Harbaugh, Glasgow said he’s an extremely supportive coach and helped him through his legal issues last March after an alcohol-related probation violation.

“He was like a mentor to me,” Glasgow said. “He really, really helped me out a lot. He may not look like it, but he really is like a father figure to a lot of the guys.”