Jim Harbaugh admits responsibility in failed Glenn Schembechler hiring process: ‘We’ve got to be better’

Jim Harbaugh has claimed responsibility for the failed vetting process that led to the hiring of Longtime̵7;s son, Glenn “Shemmy” Schembechler. michigan football Coach Bo Schembechler was forced to resign just three days after his “offensive” activity on social media.

Schembechler, 53, was hired as Michigan’s assistant director of recruiting last month.

Michigan Wolverines head coach Bo Schembechler talks with an official while his team warms up before the start of an NCAA football game circa 1986. Schembechler coached the Wolverines from 1969–89. (Photo by Focus On Sport/Getty Images)

However, he resigned just days after reports emerged that his Twitter account featured a number of questionable “likes”, including a suggestion that slavery and Jim Crow laws had a positive effect on black people.

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“Once I became aware of things that were offensive — offensive to me, offensive to other members of our team — (we took action),” Harbaugh said Thursday after speaking at a football camp at Wayne State University. told reporters, reported The Detroit Free Press.

“We didn’t want that mentality around.”

Jim Harbaugh Fist Pump

Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh pumps a fist against the Colorado State Rams during the first half at Michigan Stadium on September 3, 2022 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Nick Antaya/Getty Images)


Schembechler played for his father, who coached michigan from 1969–89, and spent the majority of his career as an NFL scout. Harbaugh also played for Bo Schembechler during his time with the Wolverines and remained close to the family.

However, that’s no excuse, Harbaugh said Thursday.

“I’ve known Shami for a long time, but there is no sacred cow,” Harbaugh said. “This is not who we are – this is not who we are.”

Jim Harbaugh on the spot against Penn State

Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh is seen on the sideline during the first half of a college football game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Stadium on October 15, 2022 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Aaron J. Thornton / Getty Images)

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Harbaugh said the third-party company hired to do research on potential candidates has already been replaced, but he ultimately took responsibility for the failed process.

“I read the report myself, the social media investigative company came back and said ‘well done, okay’,” he reportedly said. “So we have a new company doing this, but we have to get better. I’ll take it – if someone can find it one day, we have to be able to do it ourselves.”