Jim Harbaugh has had enough of Paul Finebaum’s takes on Michigan football.
The Wolverines have become a popular target for Finebaum, an ESPN college football analyst and sports talk radio host known for his love of all things SEC. Harbaugh fired back Thursday on Twitter.
Pete Finebaum, the unabashed SEC water carrier, really needs to get his facts straight. #AlternativeFacts
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 17, 2017
Finebaum has had several rants about Michigan this season, most of them taking shots at either a) that Harbaugh hasn’t won a national title or b) his thoughts on the behavior of Michigan fans.
One Michigan topic on his show Thursday was the addition of Mike Johnson to Harbaugh’s coaching staff. Johnson’s son is a top quarterback prospect in the 2019 recruiting class, but the elder Johnson also has a decade of NFL coaching experience.
— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) February 16, 2017
Finebaum and Michigan alum John U. Bacon were also guests on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” earlier in the day Thursday. Finebaum went off on Harbaugh adding Johnson to his staff.
“This is wrong,” Finebaum said. “It may not be illegal by NCAA standards and bylaws as of this moment, but to me it is cheating. It’s blatantly disregarding the spirit of the NCAA rules. We all know why he’s doing it. This is the same person who last year accused Nick Saban of cheating, accused Hugh Freeze of cheating. In my mind, and I know you can’t prove it and he won’t be penalized for it, but he’s cheating. Why don’t we just face up to it? There is no other reason why he would hire this man.
“I don’t know why the media celebrates Jim Harbaugh for disregarding the NCAA rulebook and doing things that are, in my mind, unethical.”