Today, strong words are coming from Paul Finebaum on whether Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh will be back with the team next season. Simply put, Finebaum doesn’t think it’s going to happen.
“He’s got no chance,” “They should fire him today and save the agony of waiting until November,” Finebaum said during an appearance on ESPN Radio’s Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin Show.
This issue has been weighing on everyone involved with Michigan football, but the real question is, does Finebaum have a point?
Harbaugh is entering his seventh season as the head man in Ann Arbor. His record currently sits at 49-22. Michigan hadn’t had a losing season under Harbaugh until last season when the Wolverines went 2-4 under the Big 10 pandemic schedule. Last season’s results aren’t the only thing keeping the talks of Harbaugh on the hot seat. The team has yet to beat Ohio State under Harbaugh and hasn’t won a bowl game since his first season when they defeated Florida in the 2015 Citrus Bowl.
Michigan has quite the schedule on their hands…
WK2 – #20 Washington
WK5 – #12 Wisconsin
WK9 – #17 Indiana
WK10 – #19 Penn State
WK12 – #4 Ohio State
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With one of the toughest schedules in the country facing Michigan, Harbaugh will likely face extreme pressure for most of the season. Michigan football and its fans demand greatness from whoever is calling the plays.
While Harbaugh has delivered on winning seasons, the program has yet to see their name in a College Football Playoff or own the rights to victory in one of the biggest rivalries in college football.
The time has come. Is this finally Harbaugh’s year?