Harbaugh Obsession Reaches Critical Mass with Fox’s “Khaki Cam”

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Have you heard that former University of San Diego head coach Jim Harbaugh is back in the college ranks? Apparently, Harbaugh spent a few years on sabbatical in a job that required he work on Sundays, but he’s returned to save college football. Specifically, he’s saving his alma mater, Michigan.

Apparently, this is a big deal. Harbaugh’s homecoming in Ann Arbor is such a big deal that Fox is aping one of ESPN’s better ideas of recent years with a multi-camera broadcast — and one camera will be fixed exclusively on Harbaugh.

So sayeth Sports Business Journal reporter Eric Fisher, who reports the Harbaugh-exclusive telecast is to be dubbed “Khaki Cam.”

If Fox wants a Harbaugh-centric telecast option that’s truly innovative, the network should just hire stand-up comedian (and an old college friend of mine) Dan Soder to provide in-game analysis AS Jim Harbaugh.

Harbaugh has managed to overshadow much of college football without coaching a game. His debut has certainly attracted plenty of interest, and many of the eyeballs tuning in to see him with the Wolverines will accidentally get a look at a pretty damn good Utah team.

Harbaugh’s celebrity status isn’t lost on the Utes. Heisman Trophy-contending running back Devontae Booker talked about the Harbaugh Effect some at last month’s Pac-12 media days. But, as Kyle Goon of the Salt Lake Tribune reports, Booker and Co. are tuning out the noise.

Thursday won’t necessarily quell this odd fascination with Harbaugh. A win over a quality Utah team will only exacerbate the navel-gazing that’s been oh-so-prevalent already, while a loss promises to send some into a reactionary panic.