Jim Harbaugh eyes a different kind of quarterback showdown when Michigan hosts Hawaii
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh got antsy. He faced the question again Tuesday afternoon.
No matter how many times he gets asked who his starting quarterback will be Saturday against Hawaii, he’s not going to answer it.
“We have done that,” Harbaugh said on the Big Ten football coaches teleconference. “The quarterback knows and the team knows, but we’re not doing that for public consumption.”
Why ask? Because that’s the biggest question that hovers over Michigan prior to Saturday’s season opener.
What it means: Harbaugh is tired of being asked that question, and it’s only Tuesday. Sorry, coach, but it’s our job to ask, and to keep asking.
Harbaugh, however, perked up when the topic of first-year Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich came about. The two worked together at a football camp in June in Honolulu, one of many stops on Harbaugh’s “Summer Swarm” satellite camp tour.
Would Harbaugh be averse to a quarterbacking showdown between himself and Rolovich, a former Rainbow Warriors quarterback, prior to Saturday’s opener? The question was asked almost in jest, but sparked an upbeat response from Michigan’s second-year coach, a confessed competitor.
“Interesting!” Harbaugh exclaimed. “I’ll see what he has in mind, and I’ll be glad to talk to Nick about that. It sounds like a challenge, huh?
“I know what competition he’s talking about, too. That would be interesting. I’m open to it.”
Just don’t expect either Harbaugh or Rolovich to suit up as Michigan’s starting quarterback at noon Saturday at Michigan Stadium.
Rachel Lenzi covers Michigan sports for Landof10.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @RLenziAJC