Paul Finebaum suggests an 'amicable divorce' between Jim Harbaugh, Michigan
It’s time for Jim Harbaugh and Michigan to part ways, according to at least one college football analyst.
SEC Network host Paul Finebaum has been torching Harbaugh all week long after Michigan’s 27-24 loss to Michigan State in Ann Arbor on Saturday, dropping the head coach’s home record against Ohio State and MSU to 1-5 in his six seasons at the helm. And as much as he likes to criticize Harbaugh, Finebaum does not believe U-M should fire the head coach.
Instead, Finebaum suggests a mutual separation between the two parties. He believes Harbaugh would be better off somewhere else, and that it’s time for Michigan to start searching for a new leader.
“I’ve become bored with criticizing Jim Harbaugh because it’s so easy. I like a challenge. Talk about a coach that might be a tweener,” Finebaum said on ESPN’s Get Up. “I think it’s time not to fire Jim Harbaugh, they’re not going to do that…but the point is, they just need an amicable divorce.
“He has another year on his contract after this. It’s not going to get any better. So, let’s sit down, work it out and let Jim Harbaugh look for a job in the NFL. I don’t know if he can get one — he may, it’s a different league than it was when he was with the 49ers, but I think he’d be better off somewhere other than Michigan. And, quite frankly, I think Michigan fans are starting to agree.”
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) November 4, 2020
In now his sixth season in Ann Arbor, Harbaugh’s record is 48-19 with a 33-13 mark in B1G play. But his struggles with rivals like Michigan State and Ohio State highlight a somewhat disappointing run with the Wolverines.
Michigan is back in action this weekend against Indiana, a program it has not lost to since the 1987 season.