Michigan State's 'champions' claim? It's the truth, Jim Harbaugh says

Mark Snyder
Detroit Free Press
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Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio shakes hands with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh at Michigan Stadium on Oct. 17.

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh is in his proverbial bunker, paying attention to little outside of his team before Saturday's season opener against Hawaii (noon, ESPN).

So he said he didn't see the tweets from Michigan State last week that said: "Those who have stayed are already champions." It was an obvious dig by the defending Big Ten champions at Harbaugh's mentor, the late Bo Schembechler, who brought the phrase "Those who stay will be champions" to U-M in 1969.

When told about the messages today on WXYT-FM (97.1) Harbaugh wasn't offended.

"It's a fact, it's a fact," Harbaugh said. "It's the truth. The truth is the truth."

Because he hadn't seen the tweets, Harbaugh said he hadn't considered one of his famous Twitter responses.

Meanwhile, the controversial topic of this week has been Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich saying that U-M denied Hawaii a copy of the Wolverines' scrimmage tape. Rolovich felt it would have been fair because Hawaii already has played a real game, which U-M can scout.

Harbaugh said he hadn't seen talk of that, either.

"I don't know anything about it, any request for a scrimmage tape or a practice tape, if somebody mentioned that," he said. "I'm not aware of any requests that the University of Hawaii made for practice tape or scrimmage tape. I don't know anything about it."

On the topic of U-M's starting quarterback, he held firm, insisting he won't announce it publicly.

"We've decided that information will be just for the team," Harbaugh said.

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Note: Former U-M safety Stevie Brown has signed with the Carolina Panthers.

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