We’ve had a lot of debate about Jim Harbaugh’s long term future with Michigan football. After last weekend’s loss to Michigan State, a rebuilding program coming off of a loss to Rutgers, things are red hot in Ann Arbor.
Today, UM trails Indiana 38-21. The Hoosiers are no pushover; we all saw their impressive if controversial win over Penn State earlier this year. However, it is also a team that the Wolverines expect to beat every year.
Michigan has a 59-9 all-time record in the series, and hasn’t lost to IU since 1987. There have been some gaps in that time, but the winning streak is current at 24 games.
Indiana just looks like the better team right now, despite a huge gap in recruiting rankings and most other metrics. That is not good news for Harbaugh and company at all. The talks about him being fired will only ramp up from here. FS1’s Colin Cowherd has already sent out a pretty clear subtweet.
You deserve the head coach you tolerate.
— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) November 7, 2020
Just a few days ago, after the Michigan State loss, Cowherd said that he was still a big Harbaugh defender, but had some clear questions. The biggest: why can’t Michigan find a quarterback?
“I like Jim Harbaugh more than everyone else and this is not good enough. You can’t lose as a 20 point favorite to Michigan State. You can’t.”
“Why can’t he get the quarterback right? You were an NFL quarterback,” Cowherd continued. “He got it right at Stanford, he got it right at San Diego, in San Francisco, he won with (Colin) Kaepernick. They’re not special at quarterback. They’re just not getting it right there. Frankly, week to week, one week they look great and the other they look awful.”
Joe Milton has had impressive moments so far as starter this year, and even today he’s averaging over 10 yards per attempt with three touchdowns. Michigan football can’t run the ball at all today, though, which seems to be the bigger issue, while Indiana is at least having reasonable success there.
Michigan thought it had its guy under center when Shea Patterson transferred from Ole Miss. The former five-star quarterback looked like a future superstar with the Rebels. He was a decent starter for the Wolverines for a few years, but did not elevate the offense the way many figured he would.
It may be difficult to move on from Jim Harbaugh this year, given all of the financial uncertainty in both the academic and college football worlds, but if this season slips away, it will be impossible to argue that he isn’t on a burning seat entering 2021.
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