Jim Harbaugh addresses last fight, confrontation with Jim Schwartz
Jim Harbaugh this week delved into some issues from his past sure to delight devoted fans of the charismatic and quirky college football coach. So, in a way, it’s just another typical week for the Michigan Wolverines head football coach.
Harbaugh made an appearance on a “Pardon My Take” podcast during which detailed his last fistfight and even addressed an infamous post-game encounter from when he was head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
Harbaugh revealed during the podcast that his last fistfight was about 14 years ago and it occurred at some kind of chain restaurant.
“I haven’t gotten in fight since I was 39,” Harbaugh recalled, as transcribed by the Detroit Free Press. “I don’t want to go into details. I don’t know if I really won.
“… That was a fistfight,” he said. “A couple guys. It was a like a Bennigan’s type of thing. Late night, somebody made a comment, I took exception. I took a couple shots. But there was like two guys, one was headed from the side. I did not win, I cannot say I won. I didn’t get crushed either. I got some blows in.”
Harbaugh also detailed his legendary confrontation in 2011 with then-Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz.
“I went in too hard, too aggressive on the handshake,” Harbaugh said. “I’ve since changed that, not doing that anymore. … Can’t blame him. I went in too hard, too aggressively on the handshake. You respect him for taking exception for that. We’ve talked and we’re good. Back to friends. There’s protocol in a postgame handshake, I’ve been there as the winner, I’ve been there the loser. Hey, nice game, then go celebrate. Premature celebration there and (I was) in the wrong.”
Harbaugh without question continues to be the most interesting man in college football. Whether it’s giving awesome gifts to the Pope, detailing an upcoming colonoscopy, providing arguably the most motivational motto out there, boasting a competitive streak where even children aren’t spared or adding “Boogergate” to the college football lexicon, Harbaugh never disappoints.