There was a lot of speculation into whether Michigan would decide to pull the plug on Jim Harbaugh after last season added some more disappointment to a pretty lackluster tenure for the former NFL coach.
While a lot of Michigan fans were calling for Harbaugh to be fired, he was given a vote of confidence, and even signed an extension with the program.
However, college football insider Paul Finebaum still thinks we’re reaching the end of the road for Harbaugh at Michigan.
“Jim Harbaugh is not going to survive,” Finebaum said on “Get Up” this morning. “You don’t start cutting someone’s salary after doing a lousy job for the last couple of years and expect him to suddenly do something that he hasn’t done. When we had these conversations in the past, I would get blowback from Michigan fans. Not anymore. Michigan fans have had enough of Jim Harbaugh.
“And the school maybe made a wise decision not making a change in a pandemic year, although a lot of other schools did, but I think Jim Harbaugh is on extremely short time. In fact, I think he’ll be gone when this next season comes to an end. I think he has virtually no chance of surviving.”
Finebaum would go on to say what he thinks Jim Harbaugh would have to do to save his job. The issue? Michigan is no where near getting over the hump against rival and Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State.
“He has to go to the playoffs,” Finebaum said. “We’re not talking about some midland program in the middle of nowhere. We’re talking about the University of Michigan here. This is one of the great programs in the history of college football and for the university to acknowledge that it’s okay to be lousy or mediocre, is embarrassing and shameful. Does he have to beat Ohio State?
“The only way he keeps his job without beating Ohio State is to find a way to the playoffs, and that’s not going to happen. So, ultimately, he has to beat Ohio State. And you know what, Greeny? He’s not going to do it. He’s not going to do it next year, the year after, I don’t think he’s ever going to do it.”
Harsh criticism from Paul Finebaum here, but he’s not wrong. Jim Harbaugh simply has the Wolverines no where near the level of the Buckeyes, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.
Michigan will have to find the guy who can lead them back to the top of the Big Ten. And for now, Jim Harbaugh is not that man.
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