WATCH: Jim Harbaugh, Dan Mullen share awkward exchange when asked about the Jordan Brand
Things got a bit weird between the two head coaches at Friday’s Peach Bowl press conference.
Jim Harbaugh and Dan Mullen will lead Michigan and Florida into Saturday’s showdown, and the two schools are linked by an interesting connection. Both universities are among the schools that use Jordan Brand uniforms and cleats and the Jumpman logo instead of Nike or Under Armour.
The two head coaches were asked during the press conference if they utilized the Jordan style, and both coaches indicated that they wore it. Mullen even held up his foot over the table, showing that he was wearing a pair of Jordan’s at the time.
From there, the exchange only got weirder:
Jim Harbaugh and Dan Mullen were asked about the Jordan brand at their programs.
It got, um, weird. pic.twitter.com/lAQ4z2fzhS
— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) December 28, 2018
Here’s how the full exchange went on the press conference transcript:
Q. I’ll give you guys a fun, free marketing question here for the Michael Jordan brand. A lot’s been made of Jim Harbaugh’s style a little bit over the years. I’m curious, since you’re both joining teams here, how have you both utilized the Jordan style and seen it maybe in each other?
JIM HARBAUGH: Wear it a lot.
DAN MULLEN: We each got our own styles, I think.
Q. What shoes are you wearing?
JIM HARBAUGH: I’m wearing a pair of dress shoes.
DAN MULLEN: I got the Retro 4s. I think Coach got — his style is above the waist. My style is kind of below the waist, right? I’m more ankles down, right, in our fashion statements?
JIM HARBAUGH: I don’t know about that. Don’t know what he’s talking about right now.
DAN MULLEN: I think the Jordan brand, though — I think when you look at what the Jordan brand represents, the Jordan brand represents excellence, and I think, to be honest with you, you look at the schools that are represented by Jordan are not just premiere athletic schools. They’re also premiere academic schools. And so I think it just shows the uniqueness of having that brand and that brand representing excellence not just in one sport, in every sport.
I think we’re very fortunate to be represented by the Jordan brand.
THE MODERATOR: Coach Harbaugh, a final comment on the Jordan brand.
JIM HARBAUGH: Nope.
THE MODERATOR: Okay. Having fully explored both coaches’ fashion choices and the Jordan brand, we will end it there. Coaches, if I could ask you to stay and we’ll get a couple of photos with the trophy here.