Michigan man Braylon Edwards, who has been fed up with Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh in the past, has hit his breaking point. He no longer thinks Khaki Jim has done enough to keep his job. However, the former Wolverine wide receiver also doesn’t know where the school can go if they fire the guy who still has so much trouble with rivalry games. Woah.
Speaking on CBS’ Zach Gelb Show, Edwards said the school might have to keep Jim because it doesn’t have the vision to find a replacement for a guy who has now lost four consecutive bowl games and just laid an egg against a below-average Michigan State team.
Saturday’s 27-24 loss to the Spartans has Michigan fans and former players searching their souls. Meanwhile, fans across the Big Ten hope Jim never leaves.
“Whenever he’s in big-game moments, key moments – whether it’s a Michigan/Michigan State matchup, whether it’s an Ohio State/Michigan matchup, whether it’s a bowl win that you really need to get that last part of recruiting done – it just hasn’t gone the way in which he would have liked it,” Edwards said. “This past Saturday, you can say a number of things. You can say that it was [quarterback] Joe Milton’s first home game in the rivalry. You can say that [former assistant coach Greg] Mattison is not there anymore. You can say it’s the first home game for the whole team during COVID-19. You can throw all those things out there. But the fact remains you know who Michigan State is.”
Hot take: Jim Harbaugh's 3-3 record vs MSU is a bigger indictment of his time in Ann Arbor than his 0-5 record vs OSU.
The latter hurts more. But OSU is on a historic run and has been top 10 in every matchup, inc. No. 1 & No. 2.
MSU has been unranked in 2 of Harbaugh's losses.
— Scott Bell (@sbell021) November 1, 2020
“You knew they were coming in from the bottom floor, where the only way they can go is up after the loss against Rutgers,” Edwards said. “You have to prepare your team to win this game. This is a rivalry game. This is an intrastate game. Most of these guys are from the same high schools, same conferences, same cities within the state of Michigan. They know each other and don’t want to lose. He didn’t do a good enough job of preparing his team to beat a Michigan State team that was down and that was ready to roll over.”
“He hasn’t gotten it done against Ohio State,” Edwards said of Harbaugh’s 0-5 record against the team he was hired to beat. “He’s even par against Michigan State. He hasn’t gotten it done in the big moments – with the exception of Wisconsin a couple years ago and the Notre Dame game last year. He hasn’t gotten it done.
“When you pay those types of contracts in collegiate football where you’re paying upwards of $6 million for a [head] coach . . . you expect to see certain types of wins, certain types of cultural changes,” Edwards continued. “You expect to see certain types of attitudes and aggression in certain games. I think just based on that fact alone that you’re not getting that, that might create the actual answer that you’re asking me without me even having to tell you that. He hasn’t gotten it done at the biggest level.”
“If it’s not Jim, then where do you go from Jim?” Edwards asked. “I don’t think he’s done enough to continue the position, but at the same time, you’ve got to have somebody ready in the wings, somebody waiting in the wings. You can’t just bring in somebody else, and we go from Lloyd Carr to a Rich Rod to a Brady Hoke and you spend another 11 years trying to figure out Michigan football.”
Edwards has a history of saying Harbaugh’s not right for the program. He said it in October 2019, well before another loss to Ohio State, and is saying it again now in 2020. Ultimately it’s going to come down to whether athletic director Warde Manuel, who played defensive tackle at the school, has the balls to pull the plug on the guy who was hired to restore Michigan to national prominence but can’t seem to get the job done.