Paul Finebaum has been known to ruffle B1G feathers.
The SEC Network analyst/radio host claimed that the only reason Michigan State was in the B1G Championship was because Ohio State “didn’t want to be.” He also repeatedly said that Iowa had no business being in the College Football Playoff discussion and that he’d come to Iowa and apologize to Hawkeye fans if they somehow beat MSU in the B1G Championship.
Following Jim Harbaugh’s strong words to Sports Illustrated about the satellite camp ban, Finebaum took on another B1G target. He saved his closing remarks all for Harbaugh and how he was now “the most annoying person in college football.”
Here was Finebaum’s entire two-minute rant about the Michigan coach:
“So once again, Jim Harbaugh has hijacked college football. I think he has been an entertaining entrant to college football since he arrived in Michigan a year-and-a-half ago. Entertaining…that was then. I find him growingly and increasingly annoying now. From entertaining to annoying is quite the drop-off but what he has done (Tuesday) really pushes this story from interesting, to entertaining, to just downright ridiculous.
“He used some language in his interview with Sports Illustrated talking about helping thousands and thousands of kids. That simply doesn’t make a lick of sense. His satellite tour was groundbreaking, but it was also about Jim Harbaugh. It was about promoting the brand of Michigan football, but mostly, ‘Look at me, I’m Jim Harbaugh. I’m taking my shirt off. I can come into Nick Saban’s backyard.’
“But not once did he ever beat Saban for a player, did he ever beat Hugh Freeze for a player, or Butch Jones, but that hasn’t stopped him from taking cheap and unnecessary shots at Butch Jones, like he did a few weeks ago. But the shot at Hugh Freeze today really takes the cake. He made fun of Hugh Freeze for saying that he wanted to spend more time with his family. Now that’s really something to be making fun of — a man who loves his wife and his kids who actually enjoys being with his family.
“And by the way, when Jim Harbaugh was in Bradenton, Florida a couple weeks ago at the IMG camp, mugging for the cameras, you know where Hugh Freeze was? He was in Haiti, helping people who really need help. He was helping the underprivileged, those who have no chance in the world. He was trying to give them a little more opportunity, as he has done every year, as he has done everywhere.
“Jim Harbaugh is all about Jim Harbaugh, and that’s fine, but I think it’s finally caught up to him. And I think he has gone from the most entertaining person in college football to the most annoying. I for one, am really getting sick of him.”
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Finebaum, a lightning rod and SEC apologist, would present a strong stance against Harbaugh in the never-ending satellite camp debate. At one point during his show, he even compared the Michigan coach to Donald Trump.
Finebaum was obviously miffed by the fact that Harbaugh called out Hugh Freeze and said “You’ve got a guy sitting in a big house, making $5 million a year, saying he does not want to sacrifice his time. That is not a kindred spirit to me. What most of these coaches are saying is they don’t want to work harder.”
Freeze already came out and defended his comments that he’d rather be home with his family instead of running satellite camps.
But Finebaum wasn’t entirely factual in his comments against Harbaugh. While Harbaugh might not have stolen a committed Alabama or Tennessee recruit away, he did land the nation’s No. 1 recruit, Rashan Gary, who had offers from everybody in the country. And Finebaum called it “IMG Camp” when it was actually Michigan practices, and IMG players weren’t allowed to talk to the coaching staff, much less participate in Michigan’s practice.
So while Harbaugh might continue to annoy Finebaum and others in SEC Country, Finebaum will continue to annoy people in B1G country.