Joel Klatt: 'We're asking Jim Harbaugh to put Michigan in a spot they've never been in'
Once again, the criticism has found its way to Jim Harbaugh. After a loss to Penn State on Saturday, many are questioning again whether he’s the right guy for the job at Michigan.
FOX college football analyst Joel Klatt has jumped to Harbaugh’s defense, and he’s actually making a pretty strong case for the Michigan head coach.
Harbaugh, who has hit the 10-win mark three times in his first four years at Michigan, has been criticized for his inability to win big games and beat Ohio State. Those critiques resurfaced this season, with the Wolverines dropping road games to Wisconsin and Penn State.
On Wednesday, Klatt joined The Herd with Colin Cowherd to talk about Harbaugh’s recent struggles, but he wasn’t quite as critical as you might think. A backer of Harbaugh, Klatt put Michigan’s history into perspective while talking about the Michigan head coach.
It actually makes plenty of sense.
“We have been ruined as NBA fans and as [golf fans], we’ve been ruined by Tiger Woods, we’ve been ruined by Michael Jordan and LeBron James. We expect this greatness at clips that are unheard of as far as the consistency of greatness,” Klatt said. “So Bama, and Nick Saban — and Urban Meyer to some degree by the way — they’ve kind of ruined the expectation of fanbases. Did you know that if you go back through and you average out the number of wins each season, Jim Harbaugh averages more wins per season than both Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr?
“He has returned Michigan to exactly what they have been historically, which is a really good program.”
Klatt went on to say that every head coach has been compared to guys like Nick Saban, Dabo Swinney and Urban Meyer, and if they don’t produce at similar levels, they’re not considered successful. That, Klatt says, has been working against Harbaugh.
Below is the full clip from Klatt and Cowherd:
"We are asking Jim Harbaugh to put Michigan in a spot that they've never been in their history — and during an era in which Ohio State is achieving at its highest clip in its history." — @JoelKlatt pic.twitter.com/Z4SsEBm34M
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 23, 2019