Urban Meyer Was Asked About His Relationship With Jim Harbaugh

first_imgHead coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talk on the field prior to their game.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: (R-L) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talk on the field prior to their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The landscape of the Big Ten might be drastically different this upcoming season and the biggest reason is the departure of Urban Meyer. With the championship-winning coach retired for now, the pressure falls on Jim Harbaugh to finally be on the winning side of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry.Meyer put together a dominant run at Ohio State, finishing with an 83-9 record, a national title, and an undefeated record against Harbaugh.Last season, the Buckeyes defeated the Wolverines in blowout fashion to destroy Michigan’s chances at making the College Football Playoff. Following the loss to Ohio State, Harbaugh faced plenty of criticism from the media.Now that Meyer won’t be on the sidelines for this matchup, Harbaugh could enter this year’s rivalry game with the upper hand. Although the two coaches were pinned as rivals over the past few seasons, Meyer revealed on FS1’s The Herd that the rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan doesn’t affect their relationship off the gridiron.From FS1:“Excellent coach and a really good person. He called me when one of his former coaches was very ill and we wanted to honor him before the Ohio State game. He’s a very genuine person. I know his father from back in the day when he coached at Western Kentucky and I actually know his brother very well from when he was with the Eagles. So we get along fine, we just don’t spend much time together because we’re very busy. The rivalry is real and there’s dislike there, but the one thing I’ve always said and can guarantee at Ohio State there is always going to be respect for all those people and that rivalry.”The full segment on The Herd can be seen here.It’ll be interesting to see how Harbaugh handles the Big Ten with Meyer no longer coaching at Ohio State.last_img