New year, same Paul Finebaum.
The ESPN college football analyst went on yet another rant against the Michigan Wolverines and coach Jim Harbaugh after their 33-32 Orange Bowl loss to Florida State.
In the days leading up to the Orange Bowl, Finebaum said that he “had never met a Michigan fan with an ounce of humility.” That marked at least the fourth time this season that Finebaum has gone out of his way to take a jab at Michigan and its fans.
He was back at it Monday morning.
“It’s a bitter loss. [Harbaugh’s] club just collapsed down the stretch in terms of the perception of where this program is,” Finebaum said. “I know they lost three games by five points, and I heard from some Michigan fans that said, ‘Hey, we could’ve turned those around and been in the national championship.’ But you didn’t. You lost three games down the stretch.”
He continued: “I came away fairly disappointed in Michigan. I thought they were a national championship-caliber contender. And as narrow as that game was, it was still a loss. And Jim Harbaugh can spend the rest of the offseason going to satellite camps from Australia to Alabama, but it doesn’t change anything.”
Finebaum also joked that one of his New Year’s resolutions was to take a class at Michigan’s campus, but he couldn’t find anything in the history books about football after 1948 (the year the Wolverines last won an outright national championship).
The full audio of Finebaum’s comments can be found here.