Jim Harbaugh equates Michigan players to 'field corn' when it comes to night games
Jim Harbaugh’s not worried about getting his team ready to play a night game in November. This Saturday, the Wolverines will come off a bye week to face Purdue at home in a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff on NBC.
Asked about night games during his Monday press conference, Harbaugh said he’s not worried about when the team plays. He credited his players for getting ready “whatever the situation.”
“Night games: the team’s prepared to play. 12 o’clock kickoffs, 3:30, 7:30, 9, whatever it is. It’s a team that understands and prepares whatever the situation,” said Harbaugh. “It’s not always going to be 72 and zero humidity, too… They don’t have to have everything set perfectly.”
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The head coach went on to use an interesting comparison for the Wolverines. He compared the players to “field corn” as opposed to a houseplant. Harbaugh explained how field corn does not need a perfect environment to begin growing and producing.
“We’re like field corn as opposed to being a houseplant. Nothing against houseplants, they have their function. They’re beautiful in the home, add great beauty and value to a home,” Harbaugh said. “But the field corn, just drop a seed in a crack in the sidewalk and it will go down and come up with any energy it can find and rise up in a stalk-like fashion and just start producing. I’d say that’s what our team is more like.”
That’s certainly one way to put it, but this particular metaphor might be better well-received in Nebraska or Iowa!