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1986
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has records and high hopes
- and something yet to prove
BySH'd KOR"'ACKI
S£~ 4 JS86
Jim Harbaugh doesn't choose to view h!m!!('lf n
the Big Ten's first NCAA pas.slnR leader or the quar·
terbackofl'tllchtgan'shlgbest-rankedfootbflllteam
ln37years
lru;tead.helookslnthemlrrorandset!stheonlyBo
Schembeehlereraquarterbackwhohasn'tplayedln
t.heRoseBov.l
That'sllarbaugh,apl!'rfecllonist
"lt'llbenicetolookbackonthlngslike~ordsan maguine eoveu," r;aid HMbaugh. "But right now I
Thesons.rnlled
Prior to the Fiesta Bowl, whil'h Is one of two &am~
Jackhasse<'nJimplay,thefnthersa\d,"lt'sbeen
l!lle a dream rome true. It's really been excltin
walehlnglhlshappentoJlm.''
Sehembec:hleralsoexperieneedachangeofbeart
slncelhedayhlsfreshmanquarterbackhad the au·
daeltytoshowuplatctorctass.
'"Formytlrstmcctlngever,Iwaslate,"saldllarbaugh.
"Bo!llld, 'You'll never play a down at Michl·
gan.'Iwentbacktomyroomthatnlghtah.akinR.Ibet
Bohaatoldthattoabouteverylreshman.butldidn't
knowthatthen"
~~~:::;: r!':se:~ir~~r;~=~~~~~::,:er:=:;; IW!!,;...W:.....li.:Z.- don'twanttothinkaboutthosethinil!loomuch.l
want to get better, and can't be happy with What I've
done.lnmymlnd,l'mstlllallttlekldtrylngtoprove
l'mnotherejustbeeausemydadcoachedforBo."
ln the Michigan State game. Tbe Wolverines finished Bo Schembechler is high on Harbaugh, but not his fender-flapping VW.
th-atsea!;Onunranked.
Jack Harbaugh. now the head coach at Western
:Mlchlgan,coacheddefenslvebacksatMlehlgan.
Thequarterback'abestrrtcndsarehis(llderbrotlterJohnandhisfalller.
SCiiembeehlerwashl.sbo,.
hood idol. Tile two coaches in hls life have alwaJS
!Je(>nona pedestal. So, when both men told Jim he
wou!dnevermakelt,theirmessaReswerelakenkl
heart.
"lwastOyearsold.ptaylnglnabaseballgamell.
Cllnton!EiementarySehoonParkandsotptckedotf
first base." reealled Harbaugh, who grew up in Allll
ArbOr."lgotup.Ulrewmyhe\metandyellcdattbe
ump. lgotthrownootofthesame.
'"Aasoonutsottotoobench,Dadcameoverand
said, 'We'regolngl'lome.' The manager said lt"'as
OK lor me to !!lay, but Dad threw my bike In the car
and we went home.Ue told me. 'Theoddsofyou mall·
lngltareaboutahundre trouble,youfoldupyourlent'
"I always wanted to prove him wrong after that l
brought that up to him the other day, and he said,
'Youain'tpro,-ednothlngyet · ··
Last year, Harbaugh led the nation in passing efli-·
clencyvoiththeseventh-bestratlng(l&3.7lln thefi
yearssuchslattstlcshavebeenavallable.Michlgan
llnlshedlll·l·l,gotngfromnowheretoNo.2.
Theeoaehwasmorethancon\'inced.
''llarbaughlsgotngtoworkharderthananyplayC!',"
saidSchembechlcr."lfeelhecandomostanythirlgaquarterbackhastodo
"l'\-enotbraggedonhlm.andl'mprobablynotgolngtosayanythlngafterthls.
Buttherelsnoquarter
backlnAmerica l'drathcrgolntotheseasonwtth
and ha•·erun myteamthanJim Harbaugh."
ltshooldbenotedthatthlslsnotaleanyearfor
quarterbaeks.Oflhenatlon'aslxtol)·rankedquarterbaeks
from last sea!iOn. only Iowa's Chuck Long Is
gone.
"ltwasnatterlngtohearBosaythataboutme,"
said Harbaugh. "But I was embarrassed a l!ttle.l do
notthlnkolmyselfasthebestquarterbackinthe
country."
!11 my mind. I'm still a liltle kid trying to prove I'm
nolbere}ust becausemydadcoached lor Bo.
Harbaugh knows most of his competition lor quarterbackAll
·Arnerlcahonorsasperfonnersandpeopte.
He's played golf with Alabama's Mike Shu\ a aDd
Miami's Vinny Testa\'erdc at an offsea!iOn function ln
Pboenlx,andreeeivedaPepsodentmousseappllcaUon
from Ohio State's Jim Karsatos.
"I met Karsa!Oill when he wu a senior and I was a
junior in high school," !i8ld Harbaugh, ll.'hoplaycd
hlsjunlorand senior seasons at Palo Alto (Calli.)
JUghwhllehlsfathcrwaslhedefenslveeoordlnator
at Stanford
"Well.'eretogetheratalootballcampatStanfol'(!
One night. while I was asleep. Karsato.s and IOITie
dherguyputatubeoftoothpasteinmyhair.Whenl
~ke up, it had dried hard. I got so mad thai I threw
hlssheetsoutthedormwindow.Webothgotlnalot
oftroubleforthat.
"This summer, when we were In Chicago lor some
media Interviews, me and Andy Moeller bung around
"1ththeOhloStateguys.Theywereaboutthenieest
guys there. I got to know Sonny Goroon aDd Karsato.s
prettygood.Karsalo!llsaf'unnyguy."
But. then. he already knew that.
Thcre'ssomelronytothcstreftelothesencounter
with Gordon. Their IIIli! meeting in foothall pads
wasn'tqulle!iOnlce ltwasaplayofpalnandglory
forllarbaugh.
After !he snap, Gordoncameonadelayed safety
b!ltzthatlefttheBuctr.eyeslnslnRleplS$<'0Verage.
John KolesargotafewstepsondefenderWHIIam
Whlte, andHarbaughreleasedlhebombanlru;tant
beloreGordoncrashedintohisrlbs.
ll was twilight time at Mlchl11an Stadium, and the
lighlslnplaceforteievtsionillumtnatedthe!lettlng
Theunlque5.lgbtof!OO.GOO-ptusunderlampalentan
cerlefce\lngtotheeventsunroldlng.KolesarcauRhl
theballlnstrldeandranouta7'1·yardtouchdown.
Theplaeewentbonkers.Vk:torywaaassured.
The play has been compared to the desperation
See HARBAUGH, M76

eaughttobeatlndlanawlthnotlme
remaln\ngonthecl«k.Hatbaup
was paNing out hat dogs In the
pressboxthalday.
"That was tbe greatest play In
Michlganhlstory,·•aaldHarbaugh,
paus\ngforetfcet."E"eeptforthe
pas~;toKole$ar."
With that. the quarterback
drummedhisflngersofftbetable
-~~l~echuckled.ltfeltgoodloboasta
Harbaugh rarely emlta self-s&t·
:Waction in publlc:. He prefers to
bragonteammatesandelllo\the
wort.ethlc:Footballlsaso-week~~<"
a-year venture.
"The two weeD iD May, when
-school 11 o,·er and eondlUOnlng
hasn't started, b about the only
Umeoflheyearwehaveoff,"saJd
1farbaugh. ''This year, me and
.Andy (Moeller) IJH!Dlthattimeln
Lo$Angetes.
"We vls.lted with .,me of my
l!lgtl schoollrtendsat UCLA and
(teammate) Jobn DuerT gave us
the use of hl.s family's van. We
mustha\·eputl,SOOmllesonltlnlO
days. We went body.,urflnt. re\
axed.vllitedAndy'ss\sterlnYuca
Valley and wenttothebeachesln
~lanhattan and Venice. Vt'nke Is
6neolthes.lekestplaeesl'''eever
been. There w.:re guys . . ahh,
tle\·erm\nd."
:O.toellerandHarbaughhavebeen
friends since elementary school,
when their fathers coached at
,.....---~----..,--,..--.,.------,....~!"'!'- Jim," he said, "always a step "When I was a freshman, all1
ahead." could thlnkaboutwuplayln(iJI
Harbaugh Is so dedicated that the same•. 1 would throw tanlebure
time brtnphlm suilt. When trums · · · wen, not Ll.ntruma. ~ut
~~~':n~ls pan!ntll, the pads so ~-:~~ :e:';:~:u't!;t~U::;
"I sot in a little sotf this sum- ~<;!:,oc.:ee~~O:~~~t';:d1::':
mer,"sald Harbaugh. ''But not too sack, tate it."
much. If l start lihOOtlng In the low But don't throw an tntcreeptklri.
80s.lfeelguilty.lfeellsllouldbe "Bohateslnterceptlons"sald fhe
work:lngout." quarlforbaclt '
Harbaugh'styplealsummerday Harbaugh. has thrown 12<1 conwentllkethlll:
5eeutlve passes without an Inter-
6:30a.m. - Rise, sho~-er, srab cepUon. Michigan State's. Dean Allcio!
K'~IA!ad .... iJ,!Fmi:l::l'l :::.=~ast and drive to Hy· =:!u:~ '::.:·:a: !~sk ah~:
7:30-4 p.m.- Work as a 5ecurity yard touchdown to Eric Kattus.
guardtJ.ttheGenert~IMotorspl.ant. andthestn!akh.adbegun.
che<:klnglunchpailsandiDs. The final numbers wen! lmpres-
4-7p.m.- Dttve to the football sl\·e. He5et school recot"dswith a
bulldlnl for worfl.ou~. 64-pen:ent completion rate, 1~5
7-fp.m.-Hoplntbefender-fiap- completions, t.m yards and 111
PinK VW ("The car Harbaugh has touchdown passes. Several cai'()Cf
sbould not be allowed on the reeordsarewithlrtreachthlsyear.
streeta," IlkS Bol, greet Kit and Stil1,thel011WOI1der.i.
chow down. "All I ever played for Dad was
Bp.m.-P'reetlme. LlttleLe:aguebaseball,"saldllar-
9 p.m.- Snore unUl the alarm baugh. "I regret not playtng for
goesoff. him. Maybeltl'd played rorhlm,
·----·Woi/ollll DoedleaUonlsln-bomlnthetons he'd have had a UtllemoreJUc· ~~~~':i :c::re~~~hes~~:: ee~·~·estern Mkh\Jan had been
vertne quarterback coach Jerry the choice. he would no doubt be:
Mlchlpn. They roomed one lll:'a- black Labrador retriever. 1$ andpulledshoulderpadsoutoflhe Hanlon'srolelnHarbaUJh'sdevel- thinking about what could have
son. and spent t.hll summer In an Moeller's pride and joy lrontseat. Gpmenthubeenovershsdowed. happened In Ann Arbor and Pasa-
Anlmal House on Packard Road When Moeller arrived at the "Hey, what'a thls7" allll.ed "Co.ch Hanlon explained the dena.ToHarbaulb'uurprtse,he's
alongwlthteammatesPatMoons house a few mlntues alter Har- Mooller,shaklnJhlshead. gametomeandmore." saldHar· stil1wondertogaboutthelalter.
andMarkHammersteln. bauJh. following a workout. he llarbaulh explained, "I just baugh, who would !Ike to pursue ''I'dbeoneofthefew8oSchem-
Thedwelllng,whkhha5a Happy asked a reporter tr HarbaUJb had want to take them to Kalama:~:oo coochlngorsport6castlngwhenhls beehler quarterbacks not to go to
Hallow~nslgnonthedoor,tsably takencredltforownlni:Kit.Thoen with me tomorrow, and fig- playing career conclude.. "He thcR06CBowl,"saldHarbaugh."l
suardedbyKit.Thedog,wtl.lchhu Moeller atuck his head Into the ured ... " likes to aay be knows me better don'twa.ntlhat ... myonlygoalls
thefaceofapltbulllllldbodyofa quarterbaek'a 197'1) Volkswagen Moeller cut him off. "That's thanmyparents. Pasadena."