Michigan and South Carolina play in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 in a battle that’ll feature a match-up between two big-name coaches: the Wolverines’ Jim Harbaugh and the Gamecocks’ Will Muschamp.
Muschamp said Thursday he first learned of Harbaugh when the Michigan coach was a Wolverines quarterback in the mid-1980’s. He was complimentary of his adversary:
Tough, hard-nosed, exactly the way football teams play. Go back, football fanatic, especially college football. I love the history and tradition of football, and seeing him play for Michigan and obviously I think he had a 14-year career. He was a first-round draft pick, had a great career there, obviously had some AFC Championship game against Pittsburgh when he was with the Colts, I remember that game. They lost right at the end there.
Muschamp also shared an interesting Harbaugh anecdote. He recalled being on a recruiting trip for Eastern Kentucky, where he was a defensive backs coach in 1999, and seeing Harbaugh, then an NFL quarterback, wearing a Western Kentucky jumpsuit. Harbaugh’s dad, Jack, was the head coach at Western Kentucky at the time.
I don’t know how legal that was, and there’s a Statute of Limitations, so I’m sure he couldn’t get in trouble for me saying this. But it was unusual. But I did see him in high school in a Western Kentucky jumpsuit.
The Outback Bowl on Monday will be shown on ESPN2 at 12 p.m. ET.