You might recognize the guy in the black sweatshirt! (Courtesy of Pete Oren - @iu77bu81)
In case you are wondering what you are looking at in this picture, it is a shot from this evening's Indiana-North Carolina Central matchup at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. In sort of center/right you'll see 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh in his traditional black sweatshirt. What is Harbaugh doing there? Well, he is in Indiana for the 2012 NFL Combine, having arrived there following a plane-trip in the coach section. Why is he at the Indiana game? Well, his brother-in-law is Tom Crean, who happens to be the head coach of the University of Indiana basketball team.
What is truly most fantastic about this picture is what Harbaugh was doing that led to him being on the court during the game. Head after the jump for a run through some tweets.
Jim Harbaugh has to be the 1st NFL head coach I've ever seen set up chairs for a college basketball team during a timeout, carry off after.— Jeff Rabjohns (@JeffRabjohns) February 23, 2012
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is sitting with the IU team managers during the game, hustling out doing team manager work during timeouts.— Jeff Rabjohns (@JeffRabjohns) February 23, 2012
Gotta check with @BTNTomDienhart but 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh may be the wealthiest team manager in B1G basketball history.— Jeff Rabjohns (@JeffRabjohns) February 23, 2012
To most people this would seem incredibly random and bizarre. And yet, after the initial double-take upon reading this, I am not really surprised by it. Maybe this is taking the blue-collar mentality further than any of us might have expected, but it's still pretty entertaining to see. And while it might be an act for some, I'd imagine most 49ers fans don't view it as an act. It's definitely a little out there, but it's pretty cool to see. Or maybe he just lost a family wager.