Paul Finebaum: 'Jim Harbaugh is no longer an elite coach'
The least surprising news of the day might be that Paul Finebaum had some pretty strong statements for Jim Harbaugh. The SEC Network host had no trouble blasting the Michigan head coach following the Wolverines’ disappointing performance in the Peach Bowl.
Florida defeated Michigan 41-15 on Saturday, ending the Wolverines’ season with back-to-back losses. Though the maize and blue were without four key contributors in the game, nobody expected Harbaugh and Co. to get thrashed in Atlanta.
Well, except for Finebaum, apparently.
On Monday, Finebaum joined The RoundTable on WJOX to comment on Michigan’s performance in the Peach Bowl. As you might expect, the radio host had absolutely no trouble torching Harbaugh and the Wolverines.
“No one should really be surprised by what we saw from Michigan, that’s what we’ve come to expect,” Finebaum said. “And this is the Michigan program that the Wolverine fans want. They want a good program that will never be great. Michigan will never be great under Jim Harbaugh. Michigan will never be elite under Jim Harbaugh. Michigan will always be somewhere right below that line, which is fine. There’s nothing wrong with 10-11 wins — maybe eight or nine one year.
“When you lose to your rival on an annual basis and this year, in one of the worst beatdowns in big-time college football history and then you go out again and lose to an SEC school — last year to South Carolina, this year Florida — you get what you pay for.
Michigan finished the season 10-3 but lost in embarrassing fashion in its final two games. The 62-39 loss to Ohio State was particularly humiliating, especially with so much on the line.
But it’s the type of year Finebaum says Michigan fans are fine with. And while Harbaugh is still considered one of the top coaches in the sport, Finebaum says he’s no longer elite.
“Jim Harbaugh is not an elite coach. All the pundits on all the networks can make him out to be one,” Finebaum said. “He was, at one time. At Stanford, he was a superb coach in the NFL, but he’s no longer an elite coach. His stock is crashing to earth and what Michigan does from here on is their business, but I’m pretty bored talking about Jim Harbaugh.”
In four seasons, Harbaugh has a 38-14 record and has registered three 10-win seasons. But it’s his record in those high-profile games — 1-9 vs. top 10 teams, 0-4 against Ohio State and 1-3 in bowl games — that everyone points to.
Whether or not Harbaugh is on the hot seat headed into next season is debatable, but if he doesn’t get over the hump soon — or at least beat Ohio Stat — fans are going to grow even more restless.