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Clay: Jim Harbaugh is the Most Overrated Coach in the History of College Football

Jim Harbaugh’s time at Michigan may be coming to an end sooner rather than later after a very disappointing loss on Saturday to unranked Michigan State.

“The other biggest takeaway, Jim Harbaugh is just not going to work out. This was a loss that even the most ardent Jim Harbaugh defenders on the planet are not even able to argue with me about anymore. I’ve been on this show. I’m not trying to be difficult on Jim Harbaugh, but if you look at Jim Harbaugh’s performance, versus Jim Harbaugh’s reputation, he has the reputation of being a Nick Saban or an Urban Meyer. The reality is, and I’m sorry Michigan fans, he’s a lot more like Bo Pelini at Nebraska than he is Nick Saban at Alabama or Urban Meyer at Florida or Ohio State.

“The expectation when he got to Ann Arbor six years ago, he’s now in his sixth season, was that he was going to take Michigan to the Promised Land. That they were going to dominate. They haven’t even made the Big Ten Championship Game yet. And I think if you watch that performance that Michigan put forward against Michigan State, Michigan looks like a 5-3, 4-4, maybe absolute best case scenario 6-2 team. And I think the likelihood is they’re going to be 5-3 or 4-4, and Harbaugh is going to lose for a sixth straight year against Ohio State because Ohio State looks an awful lot better than Michigan. And if you lose six straight times to your rival, and you’re being paid as if you are one of the best coaches in all of football. And Urban Meyer leaves and Ryan day steps in and Ohio State doesn’t even miss a step, I think it’s fair for Michigan fans to look around and think, ‘We are not living up to the expectation of the legend of Jim Harbaugh.’ And that is because, and I’m saying this without hyperbole, Jim Harbaugh is the most overrated coach in the history of college football.”

Written by Michael Shamburger

Michael has 11+ years covering golf and college football. He's walked alongside Tiger, bleeds Purple and Gold, and is thankful for Joe Burrow! DBAP


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  1. I have to agree that it’s time for Jim to move on. I was watching that game and when MSU scored to go up by 10 there was 5:11 left. It took 4 1/2 minutes for Michigan to move down the field and score – Milton was dinking and doinking it with no sense of urgency. I blame that on the coaching.

  2. I hear you, but we have to remember that Michigan was floundering before Harbaugh got there. Harbaugh is 48-19 at Michigan in his five years. The seven seasons before Harbaugh got there, they were 46-42. He might not be winning National Championships like they expected, but UM is in the conversation every year.

    • “In the conversation”?

      Amongst who?

      About what? Being the most overrated in the minds of their fans?

      What has Harbaugh done that Brady Hoke didn’t do? Beat Ohio State? That would be no. And that is the only measuring stick that counts. He’s 1-6 at HOME against rivalry teams OSU and MSU.

      Face it, they’re just a decent B1G program going to a 2nd tier bowl game. He hasn’t elevated them one iota except in the media.

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