[SportTechie] How Michigan Football, Jim Harbaugh Use Video Technology To Gain ‘Competitive Advantage’

Ann Arbor, MI - October 17, 2015 - Michigan Stadium: Coach Jim Harbaugh of the University of Michigan Wolverines during a regular season game (Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)

Ann Arbor, MI - October 17, 2015 - Michigan Stadium: Coach Jim Harbaugh of the University of Michigan Wolverines during a regular season game (Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)

Jim Harbaugh is known for being tight-lipped service with the media when it comes to depth charts, starting quarterbacks, and yes, even technology use at the University of Michigan.

Since Harbaugh’s arrival in Ann Arbor prior to the 2015 season, the program started integrating products from 8K Solutions, a technology provider that works with nearly a dozen college football teams and roughly a quarter of NFL franchises, including the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers — the team he once coached.

8K Solutions’ MastRcam Mobile — which Michigan currently uses — essentially acts as a scissor lift replacement for graduate assistants and video coordinators, like the Wolverines’ Phil Bromley. The 55-foot high unit allows Michigan to capture footage from two separate cameras perched high atop a mobile cart, which can easily be moved around practice fields. Coaches and player can replay practice highlights in one-on-one meetings and film sessions.

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