Harbaugh brothers take issue with the firing of their brother-in-law

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Basketball coach Tom Crean married into one of the best-known coaching families in America. So when Indiana fired Crean, they necessarily opened themselves up to criticism from the Brothers Harbaugh.

Ravens coach John and Michigan coach Jim both had strong comments in the aftermath of Crean’s termination by the Hoosiers. John’s comments focused more on Indiana; Jim’s touched on his own experience with a job coming to an end.

“[M]uch like my situation in San Francisco, the people that are doing the micromanaging . . . when it comes to building a ball team, what they know could not blow up a small balloon,” Jim Harbaugh told Michael Rosenberg of SI.com. “In my case, an owner and a General Manager. In [Tom’s case] case, an administration. They are so similar in that way. And he still wins two Big Ten championships outright.”

Jim Harbaugh was referring to 49ers owner Jed York and former G.M. Trent Baalke. It’s the second time in recent weeks that Jim has offered public criticism of his former team.

John Harbaugh questioned whether Indiana understands what a coach needs from a school’s administration.

“In the end, it was the lack of support that basically takes its toll the most,” John Harbaugh said. “You want to feel like you’re part of a team and you’re doing it together. It’s about knowledge, loyalty and leadership. This is the merry-ground that Indiana athletics has been on forever. . . .  He was just going through what he was going through — the administration over the years, the toll it takes on you. This has not been the last four or five days. It’s been the last four, five, six years.”

John Harbaugh had no personal experience to compare the situation to because the Ravens have at all times supported him, which helps explain why the Ravens contend far more often than they don’t.

36 responses to “Harbaugh brothers take issue with the firing of their brother-in-law

  1. This same type of excuse is being played out up at UW. Romar is coaching like a 6th grade pe teacher but since he’s been there 15 years, all his media contacts are crying like they lost a father.

  2. No need to pay attention to anything the Harbaugh, Bennett, or Pouncey brothers say…they usually have stupid opinions.

  3. Thanks to Crean for coming to Indiana and bringing us back from something resembling a Division II school. Going forward there needs to be more consistency in the program and we need to get past the Sweet 16.

  4. Its just one big, long, unending WAAAAAAA from these guys. It must have been a living hell being their babysitter when they were kids.

    SMH

  5. Coach Crean is a very solid basketball coach from an Xs and Os point of view as evidenced by his career record at Marquette and Indiana. However, despite the protestations of the Brothers Harbaugh, his undoing was really the caliber of player he was able to coach and/or recruit during his Indiana tenure. From 2009-2016, Coach Crean coached 3 players that were drafted into the NBA. Compare that to Coach Calipari at Kentucky who coached approximately 29!! If Indiana basketball is ever going to regain its stature as a perennial powerhouse, it had better identify no hire a coach that can coach like Crean, but recruit a little more effectively!

  6. If he was in such a bad job, and the administration was so horrible to work for, isn’t it ok that he got fired and can move on to a new job?

  7. We are all tired of the Harbaughs. One gets to the Super Bowl and championship game and the other’s team has been stuck in mediocrity for years, we need new blood in the coaching ranks.

  8. Big Dayton and fearful of losing Archie but not to IU. I think IU will have to settle for their 3 or 4th pick with the AD’s and admin’s lack of support for Crean.

  9. The harbaughs need to stay on their meds – either that or go to an anger management program.

  10. Tom Crean is an excellent coach who took over a declining program
    with a dramatically changing landscape in college basketball, along
    with a declining base of basketball athletes in the state of Indiana.
    He did a good job…but apparently the fans and administration of
    Indiana think that is not good enough.
    As they say” be careful watch you wish for”. Indiana is no longer a big
    time program with in state talent. Just wait …the reckoning is soon
    to come.
    Indiana had a coach who tried to ” Calipari ” Indiana ….not a chance..
    We all know what that is about and it’s difficult to become that ” type ”
    of program. So quit fooling yourself Indiana…..this was a mistake..

  11. Tom Crean is an excellent coach who took over a declining program
    with a dramatically changing landscape in college basketball, along
    with a declining base of basketball athletes in the state of Indiana.
    He did a good job…but apparently the fans and administration of
    Indiana think that is not good enough.
    As they say” be careful watch you wish for”. Indiana is no longer a big
    time program with in state talent. Just wait …the reckoning is soon
    to come.
    Indiana had a coach who tried to ” Calipari ” Indiana ….not a chance..
    We all know what that is about and it’s difficult to become that ” type ”
    of program. So quit fooling yourself Indiana…..this was a mistake..

  12. Harbaugh’s probably assisted in IU’s losses to Michigan this year. (thirty points with Jim and his father in the stands cheering loudly aginst Crean and IU). IU never looked the same after OG got hurt. Bryant was a non existent so called giant all year, Crean must have really got on player’s bad side for all that talent to produce such weak results. IU deserves to be in the NCAAA tournament each year. Harbaugh’s need to stick to Football.

  13. If you don’t actually live here and follow it everyday, the Harbaugh’s are just guessing, Tom is an eccentric dude, 9 years was long enough. Sometimes you just need to move on.

  14. Jim Harbaugh is the greatest coach in the world right now. I’m talking about all sports, not just football.

  15. Wow. I grew up in a family where my dad was one of nine kids in a “working class” (translation: a step above poor). His siblings couldn’t even deal with one of their own had a modicum of success, let alone when one of the 27 nieces and nephews succeeded. Family should support family. Hate the Harbaughs for what they do related to football but give them a pass for watching the family’s backs. You’re blessed if you grew up in an extended family that had your back. Trust me, it sucks when your family doesn’t.

  16. he was fired because he had taken the program as far as he could. we all know he did a great job bringing the program back and he was well compensated for doing it, the problem with him was the program was to inconsistent and he was constantly out coached. nothing wrong with winning a big ten title, what is wrong is having to rebuild it the following season. other teams reload but for a guy who is supposed to be a great recruiter the players he brought in never seemed to replace the ones who left. you would think if they were as talented as we were led to believe that they would be able to step up when their time came. also for such a great recruiter please explain why he did not recruit another point out of high after yogi ferell? he had at least 2 years to get somebody to replace him and the best he could come up with is a pitt reject. stick to football harbaugh’s as you clearly know nothing about basketball.

  17. Jim still doesn’t understand he didn’t own the team, he worked for the team… and that his coaching success was spiraling downward in wins and team competitiveness… stop blaming others and take your millions and be happy.

  18. Crean is an ego maniac. Constantly walking up and down the sidelines clapping trying to get on TV. He had success at Marquette because a little known recruit turned into DWade. Indiana had some solid recruits leave early to get away from Crean. He should have been fired years ago.

  19. tonebones says:
    Mar 17, 2017 9:33 PM
    Jim Harbaugh is the greatest coach in the world right now. I’m talking about all sports, not just football.

    Yeah it was awesome how he won that big ten championship and that bowl game and that national championship this year. Oh wait that didn’t happen and Michigan basically paid him 9 million to accomplish nothing

  20. Another trip to the bully pulpit…just what we wanted to hear. Then of course Big Jim has to tell the world what schmucks Jed & Baalke were…again. This just in…nobody cares, Jim. Jed should’ve fired both of you. You’d lost the locker room by the 2014 season & it showed…you took a veteran team most franchises would kill for and limped in at 8-8. Get over it And you sportswriters…quit printing this garbage. If you persist, I’d tell all my fellow posters, don’t read garbage and stay away from writers who keep spreading this drivel.

  21. … which helps explain why the Ravens contend far more often than they don’t.
    ———————–
    Ravens have missed the playoffs 3 out of the 4 last year’s. Something tells me a year or two from now we’ll be reading a pft article about Jim and Crean badmouthing the Ravens organization.

  22. wolverineinnc says:
    Mar 17, 2017 9:01 PM
    All you poor, jealous Harbaugh haters only WISH your teams were coached by one of those winners! Okay, other than Bama and Ohio State.

    God No! Saint Jimmy was 17-20 at Stanford and flaining about with his second-rate college offense. Then he hired Vic Fangio. Fangio built an elite defense go with Harbaugh’s second-rate college offense and the Cardinal went 12-1.

    This made him the ‘hot prospect.’ And he went to the 49ers, a team with a Championship roster.

    There Fangio built an elite defense for the 49ers (#2, #2, #3) on a championship quality team. Meanwhile the offense was, well, not that great. And by 2014 dropped to #25 in NFL despite the fact it had a HOF running back, great line, good WRs and a fantastic TE.

    In 2014 the 49ers went 8-8 behind that #25 offense because Saint Jimmy had no answers when the NFL had him all figured out and his defense, quite injuried, could no longer carry the team.

    Now he’s winning in college — ON DEFENSE. Because, once again, he got himself a good DC to ride to respectability.

    And people like refuse to see it. Year-after-year he wins on defense or he doesn’t win.

  23. I’ll tell you what .I prefer Jim Harbaugh to any other coach at the college level. He is doing one hell of a job at Michigan . there is no way you can deny that. We have him and you aren’t going to get him.

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