Harbaugh on MSU ‘champions’ tweet: ‘It’s a fact’

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, appearing Thursday morning on WXYT 97.1, was asked about Michigan State’s recent tweaking of the infamous Bo Schembechler saying, “Those who stay will be champions.”

He said he had not heard about it and have being informed said he had no issues with because it’s correct.

Last week, Curtis Blackwell, Michigan State football’s director of college advancement and performance, posted a photo on Twitter that included a new take on the Schembechler phrase: “Those who have stayed are already champions.”

It also included banners from MSU’s three Big Ten championships won under coach Mark Dantonio and mentioned that every player who has stayed at MSU for four years has won a Big Ten title.

Harbaugh, who has become famous for tweeting about coaches and national media types in response to things he didn’t agree with, was asked on The Ticket why he did not tweet a response to MSU.

He said he was not aware of the Blackwell tweet and said it was the first he heard of it.

“So to answer your question, I didn’t think about any response to that,” Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh was then asked for a response to the MSU tweet after being informed of it.

“It’s a fact, it’s a fact,” Harbaugh said. “It’s the truth. The truth is the truth.”

Harbaugh also told the radio show he was not aware Hawaii — Michigan’s opponent on Saturday — had apparently requested scrimmage film from Michigan. Hawaii opened its season last week against Cal in Australia, and this will be the Wolverines’ season opener.

“With them not having a game and us having a game we asked if they would send us their scrimmage,” first-year Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich told reporters in Hawaii on Tuesday. “But they wouldn’t. I’m sure they found our game somewhere or at least got in on TV and watched it so they’ll have a little idea what we do when there’s going to be a little bit of uncertainty on our side.

“I guess they’re trying to hide the quarterback for a reason. I think it’s a little bit of strategy and maybe something for us to talk about, but there’s enough to worry about than to really spend our time worrying about who the quarterback’s going to be

Harbaugh said he was unaware if a request had been made.

“First of all, I don’t know anything about it,” Harbaugh told 97.1 The Ticket. “I don’t know anything about any request for scrimmage tape, or practice tape. Not aware of any request the University of Hawaii made for practice tape or scrimmage tape. Don’t know anything about it.”

Later Thursday, during an appearance on ESPN Radio's "Russillo & Kanell" show, Rolovich said he was only joking about the film request.

"This has taken on a life of its own. I need to watch what I say, I think," Rolovich said. "I was actually just joking it'd be fair if they just sent us a practice film or some scrimmage film. But it kind of blew up from there. There was never any real interaction or discussion of this."