INDIANAPOLIS – Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and his players know that rival Ohio State is looking to avenge last season’s 42-27 loss. The Buckeyes players have spoken publicly about how the loss is still on their minds and that they have rotated the game for next season.
But when asked on Big Ten Days the media about his team’s travel to Columbus, Ohio, to play for the Buckeyes this season, Harbaugh was confident in his team and what he’d see from them on the field.
“They will not hesitate,” Harbo said. “There is nothing I should teach them, show them or tell them. I mean, I know our team well now. They don’t blink, they don’t flinch and they keep attacking and building, and that is definitely our goal to win the championship again.”
Harbo said his players showed no satisfaction or merit from last season’s results and that he experienced the same kind of player-led leadership that he witnessed last year. Harbaugh himself isn’t sitting on his laurels either, and knows there’s still more that can be done.
“[Last season] “It was great,” Harbow said. Now let’s see if we achieve all four goals. Let’s beat Michigan State and Ohio State in the same year. Let’s win the top ten championship, let’s win the national championship. These are our four goals, and let’s start the offensive.”
That didn’t stop Harbaugh from enjoying last season’s results, and he even admitted he was happier after seeing his players feel the kind of success they haven’t felt since Harbaugh arrived in Michigan.
“I was walking into the Detroit airport a couple of weeks ago, going to the baggage claim department, and a guy came up to me and said, ‘Coach Harbaugh, I just want to tell you how great you are. Great season. Keep it up, said Harbo, Coach. “You look happy. You have a big smile on your face.” At that point I was reminded of the source of that happiness. It’s that my players should really enjoy that.”
He said the victory over Ohio State meant as much to him, the program and his players as one would imagine. Seeing his players happy and the excitement that surrounded them from the win even translated into the off season.
“They experience it, and then they know when they come home, especially those who go back to Ohio, they can walk around town with their heads held high,” Harbow said. “Michigan players, you don’t have to walk around and listen to people say, ‘When are you going to beat Ohio State? “All of that and more.”