Jim Harbaugh reveals Michael Phelps addressed team

Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh is set to enter his eighth season with the Wolverines after a 12-2 finish in 2021 that included his team’s first appearance in the College Football Playoff. Through seven seasons, Harbaugh owns a 61-24 record that also includes a 1-5 record in bowl games.

Expectations are high once again for the Wolverines in 2022, who enter the year ranked No. 8 in the preseason AP Top 25 Poll released earlier this week. During an interview on the Big Ten Network Wednesday, Harbaugh was asked what’s next for his program.

“Get better today than we were yesterday, better tomorrow than we were today,” Harbaugh said. “… You look at (practice) and go, ‘We’re going to have a good team.’ But the way they came together, that has a chance — has a chance to be a championship team. So that’s what we’re striving for and, as I said — after tomorrow and the next tomorrow and the next tomorrow and the next tomorrow — so there’s some what ifs, but we feel like fate is in our control, our hands.”

Harbaugh also revealed the team had a special guest speaker earlier in the week. Michael Phelps, who is one of the greatest Olympic champions of all time, emphasized conditioning and taking care of their bodies as athletes.

“The way they rally around each other – effort is the first one that stands out,” Harbaugh said. “Effort, toughness, taking care of their body, taking care of their team. You saw we had some conditioning here after practice – I don’t know if you got that on tape, but what they do now is what takes care of themselves and takes care of the team. Michael Phelps talked to our team a few days ago and he emphasized — I heard loud and clear — he had 105 pounds of ice waiting for him in a cold tub. He talked about hydration. He talked about sleep . Michael Phelps – probably the greatest Olympic champion of all time, in terms of medals, swimming, for sure … the way they take care of themselves, they take care of the team.”

Subscribe to 247Sports YouTube for the latest college football, basketball and recruiting news including live college commitments.

The biggest storyline surrounding Michigan this offseason is the starting quarterback competition between seniors Come on McNamara and sophomore JJ McCarthy. Harbaugh told Big Ten Network that the Wolverines would go with “whoever plays the best,” and the coach explained that rationale during his media days appearance in Indianapolis.

“That’s certainly within the realm of possibility, right?” Harbaugh said when asked about playing two quarterbacks. “I mean, there’s only three ways this thing can go — Cade’s the starter and JJ’s the backup or JJ’s the starter and Cade’s the backup or they both play like they did last year.”

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.