Over the years, University of Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh has famously asked the question of “who has got it better than us?”
Today, on the slopes of Kalaepohaku, Hawaii prep football players were able to boastfully respond with the patented, “nobody”.
Nearly three hundred high school student athletes tore up the turf of the Clarence TC Ching Athletic Center on the Saint Louis campus this morning, where the former Stanford and San Francisco 49ers head coach, decked out in a Marcus Mariota Titans jersey, opened the Hawaii and American Samoa Pacific Swarm Tour.
The extremely passionate three hour camp was led by the former NFL quarterback, who later this week will wrap up a 38-camp, 21-state, 2-country summer. However, instead of expressing exhaustion over the under-taking, the big man of the big house saud he’s just soaking up the aloha in paradise.
“It’s inspiring, that’s all I can say about it. It’s not going to be any better than right here. We’re in Hawaii, we’re doing football, and with some real dudes too. These guys can all play, they’re very athletic, so it’s very fun to be out here coaching them” said, Harbaugh.
Last year, in his first season leading his alma-mater, the Wolverines went 10-3 and beat Florida in the Citrus Bowl, 41-7. Many around the program credited his energy to the team’s quick turnaround and impressive recruiting classes. That energy was more than evident in Honolulu on Sunday.
“Really, I feel like I draw the long straw, because I get inspired be these guys who have a heart for football, you know, you got the football face. My wife has watched a couple of these camps and said, you know? It’s so great and cute how the guys give it everything they have, and they’re just living their dream. I said, you know, honey, cute isn’t really a word we use in football, but then I started thinking about it and it is exactly the way she summed it up.”
Harbaugh, who was joined by his Wolverines staff, which included former University of Hawaii Defensive Lineman and one time Warriors assistant Tony Tuioti, was also alongside current Rainbow Warriors Head Coach Nick Rolovich and the rest of the ‘Bows staff.
UH and Michigan will face off in the Wolverines season opener on September 3rd in Ann Arbour.
The Pacific Swarm Tour continues on Monday at Mililani High School, where the Wolverines will host the youngsters, as players 4th-8th graders will get a chance to hit the field with Coach Harbaugh and company.
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