Jim Harbaugh took responsibility for the failed vetting process that led to the hiring of Glenn “Shemy” Schembechler, son of michigan football coach Bo Schembechler, after he was forced to resign just three days later for his “offensive” activity on social media.
Schembechler, 53, was hired as Michigan’s deputy recruiting director last month.
However, he resigned just days after reports revealed that his Twitter account appeared to feature several questionable likes, including suggestions that slavery and Jim Crow laws had a positive effect on black people.
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“Once I became aware of the things that were offensive, offensive to me, offensive to other members of our team, (we took action),” Harbaugh told reporters after speaking at a football camp at Wayne State University. Thursday, The Detroit Free Press. informed.
“We didn’t want that mentality.”
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Schembechler played for his father, who michigan coached from 1969 to 1989, spending most of his career scouting for the NFL. Harbaugh also played for Bo Schembechler during his time with the Wolverines and has remained close to the family.
However, that is no excuse, Harbaugh said Thursday.
“I’ve known Shemy for a long time, but there are no holy cows,” Harbaugh said. “It’s not who we are, it’s not us.”
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Harbaugh said the outside company hired to run checks on potential candidates had already been replaced, but he ultimately took responsibility for the botched process.
“I read the report myself, the company that looks at social media came back and said ‘Okay, okay,'” he said, according to the report. “So we have a new company that does that, but we have to be better. I’ll take responsibility for that: if someone can find that in one day, then we have to be able to do it ourselves.” “