UPDATED 2:21 P.M.
Harbaugh owned up to his “clunker” of an interview but said Cowherd should share some responsibility.
Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh had a good night on Tuesday. Look at him dig in for this first pitch before the Tigers game.
CC: When are you at your least intense, because you are a pretty intense guy.
JH: Well good morning, Colin, how are you? Good to hear your voice!
CC: I’m great Coach, how are you! … Is there ever a moment in the day when you’re like: ‘I’m cupcake, I’m soft. … When’s the part of the day when you’re a pushover?”
JH: [laughs] I don’t know, I don’t know. Uhh, guess I don’t know. Maybe I guess ask Sara, my wife. I don’t know.
CC: I watch you on Instagram and I watch you on Twitter. You’re very much into the community. … It does feel different at Michigan because of your history there. … When I watch you, you really seem to be all in.
JH: Uh, yeah, I would agree. Can’t disagree with that.
CC: Is your day that much different, college to pro?
JH: Um, yeah, I don’t know how that much different. There’s more similarities than there are differences actually, Colin.
CC: Like, how? I mean, basically you get in early, you leave late.
JH: [laughs] Yeah, that would be a similarity. Coaching football. You know, building a team. More similarities than differences, I would say.
CC: [talks a bit about the Big Ten landscape] The Big Ten feels like a “buy” to me.
JH: The Big Ten feels like a “bye” to you?
CC: You don’t see that?
JH: Explain that to me. What do you mean by “bye”?
CC: Let’s be honest: Michigan’s a heavyweight. Ohio State’s a heavyweight. They now both have great coaches. It feels like the Big Ten is on the come. It feels like there’s momentum in the conference …
JH: Oh, like “buy,” as opposed to “sell.” I thought “bye week.”
CC: No, no, no.
JH: Like a “buy.”
CC: Yeah, that’s what it feels like to me. Does it feel like that to you?
JH: It feels very competitive to me.
JH: … at the highest level of college football.
CC: Season opens Sept. 3 at Utah. Coach, when do you put in a game plan, how does it work?
JH: It’s a process. It’s been going on for months and will continue over the next two months.
CC: You’re not a rear-view mirror guy, it doesn’t seem like. You’re kind of forge your way, go …
JH: [interrupting] This feels like one of those where you ask like 50 questions on a …
CC: [also interrupting] Well, you’re giving me slow … Well, you’re not giving me a ton to work with, Coach! So I just want to find something out about Jim Harbaugh, the human being!”
CC: [posing a hypothetical] I’m a player right now .. and I want to play for a bunch of schools and I’m listening to Jim Harbaugh. I wanna play for Jim!
JH: [joking] Do you have any eligibility, Colin?
CC: No, and I can’t play worth a damn. But I’m saying is … I want Jim Harbaugh, the guy. ‘Cause I bring all these coaches on and I want the guy! … I’m a 4.3[-second 40 time] wide receiver, why should I play at Michigan?
JH: You are?
CC: No, but if I was?!?!?
JH: [audible deep breath, no talking]
CC: This seems terribly difficult, Jim. This is just not working. I love you to death, Jim, I really do! But it seems like we’re going nowhere with this. And I love you, I’m a huge Harbaugh fan!
JH: Okay, what can I do to make your interview better?
CC: I’m just asking open-ended questions and you have not much to say! I want you to sell your program. That’s why I bring Urban [Meyer] on … I love you guys, I want you to sell your program!
JH: [no response whatsoever]
CC: [thankfully pulling the plug] Listen, I love you, it’s not working, I appreciate you stopping by, Jim Harbaugh. … I’ve been in the business 10 years. That was a clunker. There’s not much I can do about that.
Harbaugh apparently did not appreciate the back-and-forth. Here’s a tweet that was quickly deleted.
UPDATED BECAUSE I’M DUMB
That tweet was apparently taken from a Harbaugh parody account. Apologies.