Paul Finebaum is no stranger to trashing Michigan and piling on the Wolverines and their fans, but on Pardon My Take presented by Barstool Sports on Monday, he not only ripped the Wolverines, but also Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz.
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Here’s what Finebaum said when asked by host Dan Katz what fan base he dislikes the most:
“It’s Michigan,” Finebaum said. “I always hate to regurgitate information that’s already spewed out but Michigan. First of all, it’s a good school, but it’s not Harvard. Michigan fans, Michigan graduates are just the most arrogant, elitist. I mean it’s a state university that’s in Michigan, OK? Ann Arbor is a suburb of Detroit. The fans talk like it’s Stanford, Harvard, Princeton and Cal Tech wrapped into one. It’s not. It’s a good school that’s won half a national championship in 60 years that hired a guy that got fired by the San Francisco 49ers … He’s had 28 satellite camps from Alabama to Australia and what has he accomplished?”
Katz and his co-host PFT Commenter then noted that it seemed as if Harbaugh had turned around the vibe with the Wolverines and asked Finebaum if the team from Ann Arbor will make the College Football Playoff next year.
Here’s what Finebaum said:
“I wouldn’t lock that down. It’s possible. I’m not going to be one of these, ‘Everything’s possible.’ Well, not really. This was a really good team that Harbaugh get away. Some Michigan fans would say ‘Well we only missed the national championship game by five points.’ You lost to Iowa. You don’t lose to Iowa and be in the same conversation as legitimate teams.”
And that’s where the Iowa bashing started. Finebaum followed the above statement with this:
“Because Kirk Ferentz is one of the biggest frauds I’ve ever seen when it comes to big games,” he said.
Finebaum then agreed when the hosts said that it seems like Ferentz will only win a big game every few years to keep his job.
“They sneak that good year in every four or five years,” Finebaum said.
It’s important to note that Pardon My Take is all about the “hot take” and pokes fun at that notion prodding and encouraging guests to say funny or inflammatory things as they did with Finebaum. But again, this is not the first time that ESPN’s Finebaum has gone off on the Wolverines.