Jim Harbaugh on Seattle PED use: ‘If you cheat to win, you’ve already lost’

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh speaks to the media during organized team activities at the 49ers training complex. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh speaks to the media during organized team activities at the 49ers training complex. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

The acrimonious history between Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll go back to their days at Stanford and USC, respectively; when the Pac-12 was still the Pac-10.

While competing for a BCS championship is nothing to sneeze at, the stakes are even higher now. Both Harbaugh’s 49ers and Carroll’s Seahawks harbor very real hopes at a Super Bowl run, but will have to barell through the other in the NFC West to get there.

The way Harbaugh sees it, he just wants a fair fight. Seattle has been dealing with very real issues regarding use of performance enhancing drugs, but Harbaugh never wants to see anything like that, either in his locker room or anywhere in the NFL.

”Is it a concern? I’ve definitely noticed it,” Harbaugh said of the Seahawks. ”You don’t know what it is. Even when people say what it is, you don’t know that that’s what it is. I’ve heard this thrown out or that, but that’s usually the agents or the players themselves saying it’s, for example, Adderall. But the NFL doesn’t release what it actually is, so you have no idea. You’re taking somebody at their word that I don’t know if you can take them at their word, understanding the circumstances.”

The issue with Adderall is not that it increases focus, but rather that it can serve as a masking agent for more dangerous, extremely effective, steroids.

Harbaugh went on to quote the late, great Michigan coach, Bo Schembechler, in his criticisms of the rival Seahawks’ issues.

”It has no place in an athlete’s body. Play by the rules,” Harbaugh said of substances prohibited by the league. ”You always want to be above reproach, especially when you’re good, because you don’t want people to come back and say, ‘They’re winning because they’re cheating.’ That’s always going to be a knee-jerk reaction in my experience, ever since I was a little kid. We want to be above reproach in everything and do everything by the rules. Because if you don’t, if you cheat to win, then you’ve already lost, according to Bo Schembechler. And Bo Schembechler is about next to the word of God as you can get in my mind. It’s not the word of God, but it’s close.”

Watch the full video of Harbaugh’s meeting with reporters below, via Yahoo! Sports.