Paul Finebaum weighs in on Harbaugh extension: 'Michigan will not be a winner as long as he's the coach'
Count Paul Finebaum among those that aren’t enthralled with the idea of Jim Harbaugh not just returning to Michigan but signing an extension.
The ESPN analyst isn’t crazy about the idea of Harbaugh signing a new contract with Michigan, especially after the lack of success for the Wolverines under their head coach. Michigan was 2-4 this season as fans clamored for the head coach to be fired.
“As far as Harbaugh, it’s the strangest marriage in the history of matrimony,” Finebaum said on Monday morning on WJOX in Birmingham, AL. “How these two sides could find some commonality — but it also shows you why Michigan is not a winner any longer on the top level of college football, nor will it be a winner as long as Jim Harbaugh is the coach.”
The contract for Harbaugh, admittedly, is a headscratcher.
In six seasons under the former San Francisco 49ers head coach, Michigan certainly hasn’t been bad. But they simply haven’t reached the level of high expectations associated with Wolverines football.
They are 49-22 under Harbaugh and 1-4 in bowl games. The program has not won the Big Ten under Harbaugh.
They’ve finished the season ranked in four of his six seasons but never have had a better finish in the AP Top 25 Poll then where they were placed in preseason.
Harbaugh, of course, is a former Michigan quarterback who was named the Big Ten’s MVP in 1986 while coming in third in the Heisman that season.