No hard feelings

It looks like Jim Harbaugh won’t be invited to any alumni dinners in the near future:

Three months after former Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh made disparaging comments about the way Michigan administers football and academics, the fallout continues.

Harbaugh, now the coach at Stanford, has lost one of his closest friends, and drawn the ire of at least one current player.

Michigan senior tailback Mike Hart said Wednesday during the Big Ten kickoff that he has absolutely no respect for Harbaugh.

“He’s not a Michigan man,” Hart said. “I wish he had never played here, but it is what it is.”

Here’s a little perspective on the brouhaha, courtesy Can’t Stop The Bleeding:

Harbaugh hasn’t backed away since then:

I would use myself as an example. I came in there, wanted to be a history major, and I was told early on in my freshman year that I shouldn’t be. That it takes too much time. Too much reading. That I shouldn’t be a history major and play football.

“He’s a guy I have no respect for,” responded Michigan senior Michael Hart, who plays the running back position on the football team when not tending to his obligations as a general studies major. [Emphasis added.]

It would all be extremely amusing bulletin board material if there was any chance of these two teams getting together in the Rose Bowl, but nobody seriously disputes the fact that schools like Stanford, Northwestern, Vandy, Rice, and yes, much as we all hate to admit it, Notre Dame, have it tougher than even the better academic football schools. Graduation rates may not tell the entire story, but they tell enough of one. At 71%, the players in Ann Arbor lag well behind the ones in Palo Alto (94%) – and the ones in Lincoln (88%) too.

In Michigan’s defense, that’s a pretty decent graduation rate.

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