Jim Harbaugh is officially on the hot seat. The Wolverines’ head coach has been a relative disappointment in his four seasons at Ann Arbour, and it’s “bleep” or get off the pot time for the former 49ers main man.
From an outsider’s perspective, Harbaugh was given the Michigan job with one goal in mind, win the B1G. The Wolverines have not won their conference since 2004, a year in which they shared the honor with Iowa, and have not won in outright since 2003. Harbaugh was brought in to change that, to be the one who finally took down big, bad Ohio State. That hasn’t happened in his tenure, and in fact, last season was Harbaugh’s first trip to the B1G championship game period.
Other than win, Jim has done all the right things for the university. He has increased the prestige of the program and has gotten potential recruits excited to rep the blue and maize. He has garnered media attention for both the school and the team, with a trip to the Vatican and some new Jordan gear raising Michigan’s profile. All of this is well and good, but unless some tangible winning results are soon to come, the chino-clad Harbaugh brother might not be patrolling the sidelines for much longer.
This season, things seem to be lining up perfectly for Harbuagh and the Wolverines. Urban Meyer has departed Columbus in the wake of yet another scandal, the school has scheduled some non-conference games of note, including the highly anticipated matchup with Notre Dame on October 22, and (arguably) the three most difficult games on Michigan’s calendar are at home. If he can’t take home the title this year, then when?
Now that Harbaugh has nearly every competitive edge imaginable, it’s time to see what he’s really made of. Another year without the B1G trophy in the cabinet spells certain doom for Jim, as prolonged mediocrity is simply unacceptable for such a storied program. Anything less is an unequivocal disaster.
Mike Malley is a student at Boston College and a fan of ACC football. Go Eagles!