Jim Harbaugh never doubted he would rise to the top of the coaching profession. He has never lacked focus, or for confidence. He walked into meetings at the University of San Diego with the same swagger he walked into meetings with Stanford, the San Francisco 49ers and, now, Michigan.

He wasn’t the lucky one—YOU were if you were smart enough to find him.

So wasn’t Stanford smart, in 2006, to find him answering his own phone down San Diego way?

Rankman recently, at a wedding in Pasadena, ran into one of Harbaugh’s former USD players. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.