Jim Harbaugh set college football Twitter ablaze last week when he called out a “Pete” Finebaum.
Pete Finebaum, the unabashed SEC water carrier, really needs to get his facts straight. #AlternativeFacts
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 17, 2017
Harbaugh, of course, was talking about analyst Paul Finebaum, an ESPN commentator who has taken repeated shots at Harbaugh and the Michigan program. Finebaum’s latest maize and blue bombast came after Michigan was close to hiring an assistant coach whose son is a top recruit in the 2019 class.
Finebaum ridiculed Harbaugh heavily for the hire, which didn’t even end up happening. Instead, Michael Johnson is heading to Oregon’s staff.
Harbaugh had a chance Thursday to elaborate on his tweet and on Finebaum when he joined the “TK Show” podcast with Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News.
“They want to impune your integrity. They want to see you fail. They want to take shots at you,” Harbaugh said of people like Finebaum. “As they say, no good deed goes unpunished. You’re doing a good deed, you’re hiring somebody, and where do they go from there? Right to impuning your integrity by calling you a cheater.
“You take it with a grain of salt. But c’mon, man. I’m not going to let that go, either.”
Harbaugh talked about a range of topics on the podcast, from his newborn son to his days with the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick’s protest. The full interview can be found here.