Jim Harbaugh – Michigan ‘will continue to attack and build’ after 2021 success

INDIANAPOLIS — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and his players know rival Ohio State is seeking revenge for last season’s 42-27 loss. The Buckeyes players have gone public about how the loss is still on their minds and that they have the game circled for the upcoming season.

But when asked during Big Ten media days that his team was traveling to Columbus, Ohio to face the Buckeyes this season, Harbaugh was confident in his team and what he would see from them. in the field.

“They won’t flinch,” Harbaugh said. “There’s nothing I really need to teach them, show them or tell them. I mean, I know our team very well now. They don’t blink, they don’t flinch and they just keep attacking and build, and it’s definitely our goal to win the championship again.”

Harbaugh said his players showed no satisfaction or entitlement following last season’s results and he saw the same type of player-led leadership as last year. Harbaugh himself isn’t resting on his laurels either, and knows there’s still a long way to go.

“[Last season] was great,” Harbaugh said. “Now let’s see if we get all four goals. Let’s beat Michigan State and Ohio State in the same year. Let’s win the Big Ten championship, let’s win the national championship. Those are our four objectives, and let’s attack.”

That didn’t stop Harbaugh from enjoying last season’s result, and he even admitted to being happier after seeing his players feel a type of success they haven’t felt since Harbaugh arrived at Michigan. .

“I was walking through Detroit airport a few weeks ago, going to baggage claim, and a guy walked up to me and said, ‘Coach Harbaugh, I just want to tell you how much you are awesome. Good season. Keep it up, coach,” Harbaugh said. “‘You look happy. You have a big smile on your face.’ I was reminded at that time what the source of this happiness was. It’s that my players really have to take advantage of it.”

He said the win over Ohio State meant as much to him, the program and his players as you can imagine. Seeing his players happy and the excitement they had of winning translated even into the offseason.

“They experience that and then they know that when they come home, especially those who go back to Ohio, they can walk around town with their heads held high,” Harbaugh said. “Michigan players, you don’t have to walk around and listen to people say, ‘When are you going to beat Ohio State? It’s all that and more.”

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