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Ohio State AD Gene Smith Comments On Offseason 'Run In' With Jim Harbaugh

Jim Harbaugh winces as he looks on from the sideline.

BLOOMINGTON, IN - OCTOBER 14: Jim Harbaugh the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines watches the action during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The highlight of college football's offseason has been Jim Harbaugh and, more specifically, the shot he fired at Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith. 

In response to a comment on satellite camps made by the Buckeyes' AD, Michigan's football coach brought up OSU's tattoo-gate scandal on Twitter. 

"Good to see Director Smith being relevant again after the tattoo fiasco. Welcome back!" Harbaugh tweeted

Smith, who mostly innocently said it's a good idea for Michigan, with a new head coach, to try to "jump start" its program, then apologized

In an interview with Dave Briggs of the Toledo Blade, Smith has commented on the "run in." 

Q: Speaking of Michigan, there have been a lot of rivalry shots fired over the years. But Harbaugh’s tweet to you made it pretty personal. Were you stunned by that?

A: No, it’s behind me now. Stuff like that happens. It rubs off me, man. I’ve been around too long.

Q: Some Ohio State fans wondered why you were the one who apologized. What prompted that?

A: It’s the high road, it’s the high road. It’s to shut it down. [Michigan athletic director] Warde Manuel is one of my best friends, and I’ve tried to position him for opportunities in life. [The apology] was more to him and all my friends up there. People forget I was at Eastern Michigan University for 10 years. There are people up there that I stay in contact with, and they know me. It was more to Warde, the institution, and all my friends up there.

You can read Briggs' full Q&A here.

[The Blade]