WLAA exclusive: ESPN’s Adam Schefter talks Schembechler, Wolverines and Harbaugh

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 -- Bristol, CT -- Studio E -- Adam Schefter on ESPN's NFL Live Set

Adam Schefter was born and raised on Long Island (NY) but headed to Michigan for college because of the “great academics,” among other reasons. But the best class the popular ESPN football analyst took in Ann Arbor was held during the fall at Weber’s Inn.

At the head of the class? Professor Schembechler.

“There was nothing I enjoyed more than going to Weber’s Inn, having the fish of the day and listening to  Bo Schembechler talk for a half hour,” says Schefter. “That was heaven on earth for me.”

Schefter says Coach Schembechler was “the best.”

“Bo was the first head coach I ever dealt with,” he said. “That experience was unforgettable because he was unforgettable. He used to have these luncheons every Monday at Weber’s Inn and would talk about the upcoming game.”

READ ABOUT SCHEFTER’S NEW BOOK AND HIS APPEARANCE IN ANN ARBOR ON AUG. 29https://weloveannarbor.com/2018/08/17/in-conversation-adam-schefter-talks-about-his-book-with-fellow-u-m-grad-michael-rosenberg/

During his years in Ann Arbor, Schefter majored in political science but also worked for the Michigan Daily and the Ann Arbor News and “did whatever I could to get experience in the field of journalism.”

That experience has paid off as Schefter has become a respected and influential member of a loud and growing chorus of so-called football experts. But Schefter is one of the few who knows his stuff and he certainly knows plenty about his alma mater. One thing he doesn’t understand are the so-called experts suggesting Jim Harbaugh is in trouble at his alma mater.

“I don’t get all this talk,” he says. “I think the school has seen what it’s like without Jim Harbaugh. I don’t think that went very well. I see people raise this question and I don’t understand it. Who do they want that’s better than Jim Harbaugh? To me, it’s a non-issue.”

And non-sense.

Schefter is excited to see the Wolverines kick off the season Sept. 1 in South Bend against Notre Dame. He’s also excited about what he’s hearing when it comes to Michigan football in 2018.

“I’m very optimistic about this team this year,” he says. “Very optimistic. Do you know why? Because they are. I’ve been in Ann Arbor a few times in recent months and talked to a number of people to be convinced that they think they are going to be really good.

“It all starts with the quarterback. I laughed when they named Shea Patterson the starting quarterback this week. As soon as he was declared eligible he was the starting quarterback. There wasn’t even a question about that. The competition for the starting job was over a long time ago, not this week. He has a chance to be very, very good. If he is what they think he is, they should have a chance to do a lot of great things this year.”

And a great defense can lead a team a long way and Michigan appears to have a great defense.

“Not only do they have a great defense but they have speed on defense,” Schefter says. “They think this is going to be the fastest defense they’ve ever had. If the defense is that and the quarterback is who they think he is how can they not be good?”

Join University of Michigan alum Adam Schefter, one of the most influential voices in football today, as he appears in conversation with senior Sports Illustrated author and fellow U-M alum Michael Rosenberg to discuss Adam’s memoir, “The Man I Never Met.” In Conversation with Michael Rosenberg with special guest ESPN Analyst Adam Schefter will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 N University Ave., in Ann Arbor. Tickets will be available through BrownPaperTickets.com. Seating will be general admission. Each ticket comes with a signed copy of “The Man I Never Met.” Schefter will personalize copies after the author talk and lean-in photos will be permitted.

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