Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh will earn more than $9 million this year, according to USA Today.
Well, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum thinks the second-year Wolverines coach is overpaid. Speaking on “SportsCenter” on Thursday, Finebaum said that Harbaugh has yet to acquire a signature win during his brief time in Ann Arbor and that the fiery head coach should “try winning a championship” before he earns a salary like that.
“What has he done,” Finebaum said. “He doesn’t have what I would consider a signature win. He hasn’t beaten his rival yet. It’s $9 million, and quite frankly it’s a lot of money and I don’t think he’s worth it.”
Not surprisingly, Paul Finebaum just said on ESPN that Harbaugh hasn't won anything and isn't worth his $9M.
— Isaiah Hole (@isaiahhole) October 27, 2016
This is just the latest in a long line of jabs Finebaum has taken at Michigan this year. Finebaum said earlier this season that the second-ranked Wolverines had “no chance” to beat Ohio State in the regular-season finale.
He also grew irritated with a Michigan fan on his radio show on Sept. 20, prompting him to call the team’s fans a “whiney and sniveling bunch.”
“Is there a more pathetic fan base in America than the University of Michigan?” Finebaum asked.
The topic surrounding Harbaugh’s salary has received plenty of attention this week. Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt said on Wednesday that the Wolverines’ coach is worth every cent because of how much an institution like Michigan relies on the football team’s success.
And Michigan has certainly been successful under Harbaugh. The program is 17-3 since he arrived prior to last season and is currently undefeated and ranked second in the AP Top 25.
But as Finebaum argued, Harbaugh has yet to beat rivals like Ohio State or Michigan State during his brief tenure.
“I don’t think he’s worth $9 million until he actually wins something,” Finebaum said.
Michigan will get the opportunity to beat Michigan State for the first time under Harbaugh on Saturday.