Coach smack: Strap­ping on an iron jock

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Speak­ing at Big Ten me­dia days in Chicago, Michi­gan Coach Jim Har­baugh said he did not have a lot of lug­gage to carry around. “I packed a tooth­brush and a good at­ti­tude.”

Asked if the for­mer Bears quar­ter­back had had any fun dur­ing his time in Chicago, Har­baugh replied “No, I’m avoid­ing all fun stuff.

“We lost three of our last four games last year — two by one point, one by three points in over­time,” he said. “Didn’t like that feel­ing, and that has mo­ti­vated us to pour more time — our hearts and souls — into the foot­ball team. Avoid fun stuff.”

The Har­baugh rev­o­lu­tion has brought Michi­gan head­lines and at­ten­tion, not to men­tion two 10-3 seasons. But in terms of what re­ally mat­ters to the fan base, Har­baugh is 0-2 against Ohio State with no ap­pear­ances in the Big Ten ti­tle game.

Now he has to re­place 17 starters and have the Wolver­ines ready to face Florida in the Sept. 2 opener in Ar­ling­ton, Texas.

“There are a lot of po­si­tions where the grease­board has been wiped com­pletely clean,” Har­baugh said, re­fer­ring to mass de­par­tures at spots such as safety and cor­ner­back.

“There are so many that have the op­por­tu­nity.”

And be­cause it’s Har­baugh: “Let’s strap on the iron jock and work like crazy and get the job done. Build the ball-team like that.”

Strap on the iron jock. That’s a new one.

“Coach Har­baugh thinks dif­fer­ently than a lot of peo­ple,” de­fen­sive tackle Mau­rice Hurst said. “He’s al­ways chang­ing plans, al­ways has a new idea. It keeps us fresh, keeps us on our toes. No day is go­ing to be ex­actly the same.”

AP/G-YUN JAM

Michi­gan foot­ball Coach Jim Har­baugh said he avoided do­ing any fun stuff while in Chicago for Big Ten me­dia days, but told the me­dia that the Wolver­ines must “strap on the iron jock and work like crazy” for fall prac­tice.

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