Jim Harbaugh went on John Calipari's podcast this week, and the two head coaches talked about all the different aspects of recruiting players.
Jim Harbaugh is a pretty interesting and strange guy, and John Calipari is also a pretty interesting and strange guy, so it's incredible that the universe didn't explode when these two found themselves in the same room, let alone on the same podcast. The entire thing is worth a listen (if only to hear Harbaugh say old-fashioned phrases like "youngsters" 500 times), and it can be found at the bottom of the page.
Here's a highlight (emphasis mine), with Jim Harbaugh hilariously referring to negative recruiters as "jive turkeys." The conversation begins around the 23-minute mark:
My philosophy and thought on it: if you have to talk about somebody else and somebody else’s program and negative recruit them or their situation then you’re really not concentrating on your own program and the situation what you have, and that’s what you should be presenting. That’s what you should be encouraging a youngster look at, not the negative side of recruiting. Definitely people use that against you. They use that against me. I’ve long referred to those people as jive turkeys.
Add negative recruiters to the growing list of people Harbaugh considers "jive turkeys." A few weeks ago, he used the same phrase to describe people who start rumors about him going back to the NFL.
Leave it up to Jim Harbaugh to use an antiquated and bizarrely obscure insult as a way to refer to his "enemies." He remains the best thing about college football.