Harbaugh: NFL days are water under the bridge

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Jim Harbaugh

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who made the national radio rounds Friday morning endorsing Colgate’s Super Bowl campaign to conserve water while brushing teeth, is just more than a year removed from coaching in the NFL.

Harbaugh spent four years coaching the San Francisco 49ers and took them to a Super Bowl but was hired at the end of 2014 to coach his alma mater. He led Michigan to a 10-3 record last fall in his first season as head coach and two days ago landed a top-five recruiting class including the nation’s No. 1 prospect, Rashan Gary.

Dan Patrick, host of the “Dan Patrick Show” syndicated on radio and television, asked Harbaugh Friday morning if he has “unfinished business” with the NFL.

“No, there’s just new business, the way I look at it,” Harbaugh said.

Patrick pushed the question further, adding that former USC coach Pete Carroll, back in the NFL with Seattle, felt there was something more he needed to accomplish at that level. Carroll coached the Jets and Patriots before taking over at USC. He led Seattle to a Super Bowl victory in 2013 and Seattle was runner-up in 2014.

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Harbaugh and the 49ers lost the 2013 Super Bowl to John Harbaugh-coached Baltimore.

“I never looked at the unfinished business thing. It’s new business,” Harbaugh said. “It’s proving something for a new time in a competitive way. For anybody, whether it’s Derek Jeter or Michael Jordan or Pete Carroll, people who have done it at the highest level, even if you’ve done something 1,000 times, now you’re doing it again and that’s all that matters is what you’re doing right now.

“The unfinished business thing has never really resonated with me, it always feels like there’s a new game, there’s new business, win the next game, that’s the goal.”

Harbaugh appeared on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike Show” earlier and as he discussed on the Dan Patrick Show, he is promoting Colgate’s “Save the Water Program.”

“The message simply is, conserve water by shutting the faucet when you’re brushing your teeth.” Harbaugh told Dan Patrick, adding that each person saves four gallons of water by doing that.

Harbaugh has made several mission trips to Peru.

“You understand how valuable water is,” he said. “Every drop counts.”

Patrick then jokingly took a jab at Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.

“Urban Meyer, I hear, leaves the water running,” Patrick said.