MUST WATCH: Colin Cowherd Boots Jim Harbaugh Off Show For Being Boring
Colin Cowherd had a bunch of softball questions lined up for University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, who was scheduled to appear on his ESPN Radio program today for a chat. You know the kind -- the one where someone responds with answers using words. Unfortunately, Cowherd was unable to finish the segment because he prematurely ended the call, citing how utterly pointless it is to ask someone questions and get almost nothing in response. "He's a weird bird," Cowherd said about Harbaugh immediately after getting off the phone with the former 49ers coach.
"I'm not going to torture my audience," he added. It was that bad.
Disinterested, difficult, coy, irritable, sarcastic -- these are the words I'd use to describe Harbaugh's demeanor during the painfully awkward three-minute interview. The transcript doesn't do the whole thing justice, nor does the video at the bottom of the page, seeing as Cowherd then spent the next half hour trashing Harbaugh for sounding like a weirdo during a perfectly good recruiting moment on national radio.
We'll update the post with more clips shortly.
Cowherd: you're not giving me a ton to work with, coach. i want to find something out about jim harbaugh the human being.
Cowherd: i want to find out...i'm a player right now and i want to play for a bunch of schools. i'm listening to jim harbaugh. i want to play for jim.
Harbaugh: eligibility, colin -- do you have any eligibility, colin?
Cowherd: no and i can't play worth a damn but i want the guy. i bring all these coaches on and i want the guy. why should i play at michigan?
Harbaugh: you are?
Cowherd: no. if i was. this seems terribly difficult, jim. this is just not working. i love you to death, i really do but it seems like we're going nowhere with this. i love you --
Harbaugh: what can i do to make your interview better?
Cowherd: i'm just asking open ended questions and you have not much so say. i want you to sell your program. that's why i bring urban on and steve sark. i love you, it's not working. i appreciate you stopping by, jim harbaugh. i've been in the business ten years, folks, that was a clunker. not much i can do about that. i tried.
Watch Colin Cowherd boot Jim Harbaugh from his show, below.
- Colin Cowherd has confirmed that the three minutes and 15 seconds he spent on the phone with Jim Harbaugh was the worst interview he's ever done.
"In the 12 years I've been doing sports radio," Cowherd said when he returned from the commercial break. "[That was] the roughest interview I've ever done."
"I've had industry leaders on, six of them in the last month, and they've all gone unbelievable. Harbaugh is a different cat. I'm a Harbaugh fan. He's just not a great interview. John Harbaugh is pretty good. Dad Harbaugh is pretty good. Dad Harbaugh listens to the show -- he'll probably call Jim and say, 'That was rough, why did you do that?'"
...To which Jim Harbaugh will undoubtedly respond with, "Umm, I don't know, you'd have to ask my wife."
Watch Cowherd recap the bizarre segment, below.
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