Harbaugh: Trips aren’t a grind, rather a joy

Rod Beard
The Detroit News
Jim Harbaugh

Newark, N.J. — As he’s done for most of June, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh continued to rack up the travel miles Thursday, adding two legs to his whirlwind travel log.

Harbaugh conducted a satellite camp in Warren, Ohio, early Thursday, before heading back to the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey to give the commencement address for Paramus Catholic High School, where he led a satellite camp on Wednesday evening.

On the trip back to the Midwest, Harbaugh pondered what he’s been able to accomplish so far on the tour, working with about 650 students at Paramus Catholic, following a morning camp in Pearl, Mississippi, earlier Wednesday.

“I was thinking that it was a lot of fun and it was a good, productive, healthy evening, a very exciting evening,” he said Thursday before the graduation. “It felt like a game, but it wasn’t — it was drills. It’s the most fun I’ve had in six months.”

Harbaugh said the trips around the country haven’t started to take their toll on him physically, but he’s welcoming the Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Detroit, which will give him a respite from the airplane.

“Back to Michigan, to see my family and sleep in my own bed,” he said.

He’ll also do a youth camp on Saturday, before heading back on the road to the Southwest next week.

It’s not just Harbaugh who’s having to deal with the travel weariness — his assistant coaches and staff are making many of the trips with him, but have a resolve to get through the rugged schedule.

“None of us are looking at it (as a grind). It’s been a joy and I think everybody that I’ve seen has been like myself,” Harbaugh said. “Everybody’s getting more energy as we go. They all hit the bed at night knowing that we put in a good day’s work and a job well done. That’s a very rewarding feeling.”

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