Peach Bowl Postgame Presser: Jim Harbaugh

Peach Bowl Postgame Presser: Jim Harbaugh Comment Count

Adam Schnepp December 31st, 2018 at 10:00 AM

It's been a while since I transcribed a presser, and thanks to David and the Peach Bowl's PR people and something called ASAP Sports it's going to be a little longer. A transcript of Jim Harbaugh's postgame comments was emailed out and is contained below. I'll be throwing in the ol' earbuds to transcribe player audio, though, so look for that in a couple days. That way you can pretend Michigan's New Year's Six game was actually played on New Year's Day.

THE MODERATOR: Coach, take a short opening comment, then we'll go right to questions.

JIM HARBAUGH: We can go right to questions.

THE MODERATOR: Okay.

Q. Jim, looking back, do you feel like maybe your team was not emotionally ready, maybe coming off the Ohio State game, maybe players sitting out, did you feel like they weren't quite ready for this?
JIM HARBAUGH: I thought they were ready.

Q. Emotionally?
JIM HARBAUGH: I thought they were emotionally ready, yeah.

THE MODERATOR: Next question.

Q. Overall what went wrong offensively and what made it so hard to move the ball today and put points on the board?
JIM HARBAUGH: Combination of things. Started out not picking up in the third and short and the fourth and very short. That hurt. That hurt one drive. We were moving the ball at times and close to getting into a rhythm, but we didn't get the run game going effectively enough. Or the passing game, the protection, and the rhythm in that area to make it -- we got outplayed, really, on that side of the ball. Florida did a nice job defensively.

Defensively, it was really the same story. We didn't play as well. Had some -- had missed calls, adjustments. We left a couple receivers wide open, some things that we don't normally do.

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View from the Sidelines: What could have been

View from the Sidelines: What could have been Comment Count

Ethan Sears December 30th, 2018 at 9:08 AM

ATLANTA — Sitting in the bowels of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, not even an hour after his college career ended in unceremonious fashion, Grant Perry had no interest in talking.

 

“How do I feel right now?” he asked sarcastically, eyes welled with tears. “How does it look like I feel?”

 

And, really, how else could he feel?

 

This was a team with so much potential. It could have shut down every rumor that Jim Harbaugh isn’t long for Michigan. It could have ended the national perception that the Wolverines aren’t near competing for a national title. It’s hard to put a ceiling on it.

 

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View from the Sidelines: Anatomy of a bowl game press conference

View from the Sidelines: Anatomy of a bowl game press conference Comment Count

Ethan Sears December 28th, 2018 at 3:46 PM

ATLANTA — The thing about bowl games is that you tend to forget there’s a football game at the end of the week. And once you remember, you tend to struggle trying to pin meaning to it.

 

There are only so many questions and so many storylines after a month without football with a fairly meaningless game as the light at the end of the tunnel. That leads to scenes like Friday morning — Jim Harbaugh and Dan Mullen standing in front of a lavish backdrop with Peach Bowl logos plastered all over the room, some helmets in front of them, a moderator to their left.

 

The press conference was, for lack of a better term, a sham.

 

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View from the Sidelines: The aftermath of a tipping point

View from the Sidelines: The aftermath of a tipping point Comment Count

Ethan Sears November 25th, 2018 at 12:45 AM

COLUMBUS — “Wish I could have got a couple wins in it,” Tyree Kinnel said, four minutes into the most excruciating press conference of his life. “That’s the toughest part, I guess. I’m gonna have to sleep on it for the rest of my life, that I did not get a win in this game.”

 

Then his voice cracked.

 

“Other than that,” he continued, ultimately keeping composure, “I’m blessed to be here.”

 

It’s not easy to lose this game under any circumstance. In this specific circumstance, it couldn’t have been any harder.

 

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