When No. 8-ranked Wisconsin plays No. 4 Michigan on Saturday, the matchup on the sidelines would appear to be one of polar opposites.
Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh and Badgers coach Paul Chryst aren’t often linked together.
But as it turns out, the two go way back — all the way to when Harbaugh’s father Jack played with Chryst’s coach at Wisconsin, Dave McClain, at Bowling Green.
“Being coaches’ kids gave us a little more in common than the quarterback careers we had in the Big Ten, certainly,” joked Chryst, who was a career backup with the Badgers.
“Our dads were friends, the sons were friends, and it’s been a 30-year friendship,” Harbaugh said. “If somebody can’t get along with Paul Chryst, there’s probably something wrong with them. That’s how I’ve always looked at it.”
Harbaugh and Chryst even worked together with the San Diego Chargers from 1999-2000, when Paul’s older brother Geep Chryst was the offensive coordinator and Paul coached the tight ends. Harbaugh started 12 games at quarterback in ’99.
The friendship will likely be put on hold for three-plus hours on Saturday, as Wisconsin and Michigan do battle in the biggest game of the Big Ten season so far.