Paul Finebaum backtracks positive comments on Jim Harbaugh: 'I was sleep-deprived'
Paul Finebaum is having second thoughts after a mea culpa regarding Jim Harbaugh on national television.
After Michigan hoisted the trophy as national champions, Finebaum went on ESPN’s “Get Up” to admit he was “epically wrong, out of this constellation, out of this universe wrong” about Harbaugh’s inability to win big games. However, after recovering from the grind of covering the national title, Finebaum admitted his original comments were influenced by sleep deprivation.
Finebaum’s backtracking — and jokes over his initial comments — came during a conversation with Tim May of Lettermen Row:
“He has to be gone because I don’t want to see him anymore,” said Finebaum in regard to Harbaugh’s dance with the NFL. “I mean, I did this mea culpa the day after the Rose Bowl where I said I’ve never made a bigger mistake in my life. I’ll now add to that, just for clarification, I said that on national television… I was sleep-deprived.
“I got up early on Sunday morning in Pasadena, I went to the game, flew back overnight, didn’t sleep, took a shower and did that show. So whatever I said about Jim Harbaugh, I have no recollection of whatsoever.”
Finebaum might be tired of saying nice things about Harbaugh, but the head coach has Michigan back on top of the college football world. Harbaugh’s stock has also never been higher with reports he could be closing in on a deal to return to the NFL.
Here is Finebaum’s segment with May with the Harbaugh conversation beginning around the 11-minute mark: