It appears that the feud between Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh and ESPN’s Paul Finebaum will not end anytime soon.
Even though we’re five months from the start of the 2018 college football season, Finebaum is already ripping Harbaugh. On Monday, during his weekly morning appearance with The RoundTable on WJOX-FM, Finebaum used Michigan basketball playing for the national championship against Villanova on Monday night as a way to add fuel to the fire.
Finebaum, as usual, criticized Harbaugh for his lack of success with the Wolverines since he became coach of the team in 2015. In addition, the SEC Network personality noted that Michigan basketball coach John Beilein has his team playing in its second national title game in five years, and wondered why Harbaugh continues to be the one to get media coverage.
“I realize it’s April 2nd and I’m not quite sure I’m ready to go into the full-bore Jim Harbaugh hot-take mode, but let’s be honest: His hiring has been a colossal failure so far,” Finebaum said. “It has created a lot of sound and fury, signifying nothing. You guys can look that up if you forgot your literature class from high school. Every year [we wonder] is it going to get any better? And, frankly, I don’t think it is.
“I think Jim Harbaugh is a fish out of water in college football. I’ve suggested Jim go back to the NFL. I think he was a much better NFL coach. I think his tactics have all gone over, and even though I’ve been amused by some of his off-the-field antics — quite frankly I thought the trip last year to the Vatican was pretty cool — it has not helped him on the field.
“He is a perennial third- or fourth-place division finisher. And frankly, at some point in time — and I hear it from Michigan fans — patience wears out. You can’t just take your annual beating from Ohio State every season and be able to look your fans in the eyes.”
In his first three seasons with Michigan, Harbaugh went 28-11. Finebaum was correct in saying that Michigan has never finished its season higher than third place in the Big Ten East with Harbaugh at the helm.
Harbaugh had his worst season record-wise as Michigan’s coach last season, as the Wolverines went 8-5 (5-4 against the Big Ten). In addition, Harbaugh has gone 0-3 against Ohio State.
Finebaum did not stop with Harbaugh, though. The college football analyst also ripped the Big Ten, saying that it is the most overrated conference in the nation.
“For all the hype it gets — it was the first one in with a network and it likes to talk about its coaches — I think the league has taken a hit,” Finebaum said. “I think there are a lot of reasons. People speculate because everyone is on television now or the warmer climates. I don’t know what it is, but it has certainly faded away.”
What’s his prediction for the National Championship Game?
“And I don’t think [the Big Ten] will win tonight, either,” he said.
Between basketball and football, the Big Ten has only three national championships since 2000. Michigan State basketball won it all in 2000 and Ohio State football won the national title in 2002 and 2014.
To hear the full interview with Finebaum, see below: