Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says his personality is not relevant to Saturday's game against Ohio State.
Ann Arbor – Michigan All-American cornerback Jourdan Lewis said he’s ready for any text messages this week from some of the fellow Detroit Cass Tech products who play for Ohio State.
“We’ll see. Probably. I hope (they text),” Lewis said. “I got something for ’em.”
And what might Lewis, who is clever with his Twitter posts, have ready?
“Can’t tell you,” he said. “Just know if they text me I’ll have something.”
After OSU beat Michigan State last Saturday, OSU running back and Cass Tech alum Mike Weber said Michigan-Ohio State will be “really personal.”
“Lot of people I played with – Jourdan Lewis, Delano Hill, Michael Onwenu, Lavert Hill, all them guys I played with in high school, won championships with,” Weber said. “It’s gonna be fun playing against those guys.”
No, NOT crazy
A reporter from Columbus told Harbaugh that some fans in Ohio describe him as either crazy like a fox or just crazy. But the bottom line, they all think he’s progressive as a coach.
Harbaugh was asked to describe who he is to Ohioans.
“Not crazy,” Harbaugh said. “I’d describe myself as that.”
Magnuson the comedian
Right tackle Erik Magnuson had some humorous moments during Monday’s news conference while he sat a table with teammates Kyle Kalis, Jake Butt and Chris Wormley.
A question was asked of the Ohio-native players, if this is biggest game of their careers.
Wormley: “Yeah, I think so. No. 2 versus No. 3, it’s for a Big Ten championship. It’s a big game.”
Butt: “I second that.”
Magnuson: “I’m not from Ohio.”
Magnuson, from California, drew a lot of laughs.
Later, the four were asked their opinions of OSU coach Urban Meyer.
Magnuson leaned into the microphone and was the first to speak.
“Wow, this is how we get in trouble,” he said, drawing laughs. “I’m going to say he’s a great guy, a great head coach.”
Kalis chimed in: “Great guy. I’ve heard nothing but good things.”
Wormley brought the conversation back to a serious tone and praised Meyer.
“With all the great coaches, you’ve got to be wired a little different,” Wormley said. “A lot of the great ones do things differently and I’m sure coach Meyer does and has done things differently to be a successful coach.”
Uh, wrong guy
Jourdan Lewis was surrounded by media on Monday and was asked what the rivalry is like considering his dad played for Ohio State.
“Oh, no, I’m not Mike McCray,” Lewis said, drawing lots of laughs.
Does he want to be McCray, whose father was an OSU captain?
“No, he’s a little bit slower than me,” Lewis said before speaking about McCray. “It’s got to be a lot of pressure on him. I know his dad. He’s definitely a competitor so I know he’s in his head about this game.”
“Ohio State-Michigan,” featuring interviews with former Wolverines Dan Dierdorf, Chad Henne and Marcus Ray, and former Buckeyes Eddie George and Chris Spielman, airs Thursday (6 p.m.) and Saturday (7 a.m.) on SiriusXM College Sports Nation (Channel 84).
This is part of the “Gridiron Grudges” docu-series and first aired last year. Besides the interviews there are several wild calls from late Michigan radio announcer Bob Ufer.