ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh describes his counterpart at Wisconsin in fond terms.
“If somebody can’t get along with Paul Chryst, there’s something wrong with them,” Harbaugh said during Tuesday’s Big Ten football coaches teleconference. “He’s just a great guy to get along with. A great guy’s guy. A great family guy. It’s time well spent, being around Paul Chryst.”
Harbaugh and Chryst were both Big Ten players at the schools where they now coach. Geep Chryst, Paul Chryst’s brother, was the quarterbacks coach for Harbaugh with the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-14.
Now, they’ll face each other as head coaches, when No. 4 Michigan (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten Conference) hosts No. 8 Wisconsin (4-0, 1-0) at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday at Michigan Stadium.
Harbaugh’s friendship with the Chryst family dates back to 1987, when Chryst’s father, George, was coaching at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
“It’s been a family friendship, the Chrysts and the Harbaughs,” Harbaugh said. “Our dads were friends, the sons were friends, and it’s been a 30-year friendship.”