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Jim Harbaugh will 'get underneath your skin if you let him'


DESTIN - Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has obviously made a lot of noise in the SEC, and in this state. Some was on the field (playing Florida State in the Orange Bowl). Some of it was more controversial (his spring break trip to Bradenton's IMG Academy).

That rubbed some of the SEC the wrong way, but not Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason.

"Jim's my dude," said Mason, who coached under Harbaugh at Stanford.

Florida should get used to dealing with Harbaugh's antics; his Wolverines play the Gators on Sept. 2.

Mason said he doesn't agree with everything his former boss does - no two coaches agree on everything - but he defended Harbaugh's act.

"I just think between the media and other people out there, they let Jim Harbaugh get underneath their skin," Mason said Wednesday during the SEC's spring meetings at the Sandestin Hilton. "If you know how to play the game with Jim, I think it's a great game to play. He's going to get underneath your skin if you let him."

Mason's advice: "Just wait it out. Just wait it out. Everything Jim does, he does for a reason. Wait it out. Don't worry about it. Let Jim do Jim, and make sure that you do you, and you'll be fine."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 4:24pm]


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