“We have not been friends over the years because we don’t know each other very well,” Carroll said. “We just know each other through the games, so it’s a very confined relationship.
“For whatever reason, you guys have had a field day with thinking that it’s something other than it is.”
Well, the reason is obvious. Harbaugh and Carroll had a brief confrontation in 2009 when Harbaugh was the coach at Stanford and Carroll was still at Southern California. Harbaugh ran up the score in a blowout victory against the Trojans. Carroll met Harbaugh on the field after the game, gave him a pensive look and asked: “What's your deal?”
Harbaugh jogged off, and the two really haven’t spoken since other than a postgame handshake.
“I have great respect for what Jim has done,” Carroll said. “I think he’s a tremendous football coach. I don’t know him very well personally, so that’s it. That’s where it starts and stops, and all the rest of the stuff, you guys have had a blast with it, but there’s nothing there.”