Matt Hayes wrote a big story for Bleacher Report about Shea Patterson and what he means for Michigan in a pivotal season for the maize and blue. The Ole Miss transfer was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA, allowing him to parachute into Ann Arbor at the perfect time, with Michigan coming off a disappointing 8-5 season.
The Wolverines’ 1-5 record against Ohio State and Michigan State, its lack of Big Ten titles and CFP appearances are hanging around the program like an albatross, three years after the Harbaugh hire was supposed to cut that albatross free. And now enters Patterson. The relationship between he and Harbaugh — who developed Andrew Luck into a No. 1 pick at Stanford but has yet to approach anywhere near that success at Michigan — is crucial. Obviously.
To understand who it is Patterson has to build this relationship with, Hayes spoke to Wilton Speight, to date the most successful Harbaugh quarterback at Michigan, but who elected in April to transfer away to UCLA.
So how does Speight characterize Harbaugh?
How do you explain the Harbaugh Experience? Former Michigan (and current UCLA) quarterback Wilton Speight tells a story to sum it up nicely. Early in his Michigan tenure, Harbaugh pulled Speight aside and told him not to eat chicken, a protein that is considered fairly safe by nutritionists. When Speight asked why, Harbaugh said, “because it’s a nervous bird.”
“He thinks some type of sickness injected its way into the human population when people began eating white meats instead of beef and pork,” Speight says. “And he believes it, 100 percent.”
Well, okay then.