Would Matt Campbell fit in at Michigan? Paul Finebaum weighs in on potential of the move
As fans and media continue to speculate on Jim Harbaugh’s future at Michigan, one name continues to pop up as a potential replacement: Matt Campbell.
The Iowa State coach has the Cyclones ready to compete in the Big 12 Championship Game, and people are noticing.
College football radio host Paul Finebaum discussed Campbell’s candidacy with the Wolverines or with Texas on JOX The Roundtable in Birmingham on Monday morning.
“He is a fantastic coach and he’s beaten everyone that matters,” Finebaum said of Campbell. “In some ways, you’re talking about the same program in Michigan and Texas. They’re just 1,000 miles apart and in a different climate. They both think a lot of themselves and have absolutely nothing to show. At least Texas has won a national championship recently and played for another one. I don’t know what Michigan is doing. I’ve heard his name connected with the Michigan job but it’s hard for me to understand what’s going on up there, other than it’s just a total embarrassment.”
Finebaum may or may not be aware that Campbell is actually 0-4 vs. in-state rival Iowa, but his record vs. the top teams in the Big 12 is undeniable. He’s beaten Oklahoma and Texas twice and Oklahoma State once. He’s defeated TCU and Baylor three times each in four seasons.
If Iowa State is able to win the Big 12 Championship this year, it will be the program’s first conference title since 1912 when it won the Missouri Valley.
All indications are he would be a steadying hand at Michigan, especially in contrast to Harbaugh’s chaotic style. Harbaugh still has one year remaining on his contract, but the Wolverines are 2-4 this season and are coming off a loss to Penn State.
Michigan’s two remaining regular season games are against Maryland and Ohio State.
Here’s Finebaum’s full appearance on The Roundtable:
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