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U-M AD Warde Manuel not concerned with Jim Harbaugh's offseason plans

New Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel discusses Jim Harbaugh's unique offseason plans.

Warde Manuel's first official week of being Michigan's athletic director has been a busy one.

In between meeting with the athletic programs and staff, Manuel took time out of his busy schedule to attend the basketball program's game against Tulsa in Dayton. Taking some time to speak to reporters on Wednesday, the natural conversation point of U-M football coach Jim Harbaugh was obviously brought up.

With Harbaugh constantly in the news, and if his introductory press conference wasn't enough, Manuel loves what Harbaugh is doing for the football program and gave him a glow review.

"I love it," Manuel said. "I love Jim's perspective, his passion and his energy that he brings to the team and to college football. For me, there's nothing that Jim has done that causes me any concern. There's no resonance from me towards what he's doing and how he's doing it. I think he's thinking about things, bringing a passion and a set of ideas to the table that are good for us and, based on what I've heard from the media, sounds like some other people think its going to be good for them."

It's not a secret that Harbaugh is doing everything he can within the NCAA rules to put U-M on the map and to gain attention from recruits across the nation. For Manuel, he's not sure he's ever seen anyone like Harbaugh and his creativity.

Then again, this is Harbaugh being discussed, has anyone seen a coach like him before?

"I don't think anybody has (seen the creativity like Harbaugh,)" Manuel said. "He's probably the most creative coaches I've seen in terms of thinking about things and bringing new ideas to fruition. There's a lot of creative people in this business but I think Jim and how he's thinking about football and coaching and what our program has, he's bringing some new thoughts to the table and there's nothing wrong with that."

Mark Snyder from the Detroit Free Press provided audio for this story.


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