Gould Headshot square“What’s your deal?’’

I love that question. I loved it when it was popped by Pete Carroll during an icy postgame handshake in 2009 after Stanford had throttled USC 55-21. After Jim Harbaugh had gone for two following the Cardinal’s seventh touchdown.

And I loved Harbaugh’s response: “What’s your deal?’’

It’s still the first question that comes to mind in trying to understand Harbaugh, a brilliant coach who often moves in mysterious, unblinkingly baffling ways.

I still don’t really know what his deal is.

But I love the combination of his predictably outstanding results on the football field and his unpredictably outlandish antics off the field.

I wouldn’t want to be covering him on the Michigan beat, unless we were triple-teaming him. But what unblinking entertainment for the rest of us.  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.