Honeymoon Over, Time to Win

In late December of 2014, Michigan fans had just suffered through, yet another, head coach’s tenure which consisted of mostly unwatchable, non bowl-eligible caliber football. The fan-base of the winningest program in college football history needed a change.

Bring in Jim Harbaugh: former Michigan quarterback, lengthy playing career in the NFL, the guy who resurrected the Stanford football program, the Super Bowl 47 runner-up, respected name in the coaching carousel.

Doesn’t get any better than Harbaugh, right? He’s been keeping Michigan in the headlines, he’s hysterically obnoxious on the sidelines, recruits in very unique ways, and he’s a Michigan man.

The head coach’s first two seasons with the program were simple: put UM back on the national relevance map, make waves on the recruiting trail, build a powerhouse program. 20-6 in the first two seasons, 1-1 bowl record, 1-4 in chief rivalry games (only win over a 3-9 MSU team), and back-to-back top ten recruiting classes.

You won’t find a head coaching job in America that expresses the importance of beating your rivals the way Michigan does.

Jim Harbaugh is 4-1 in early October for the 2017-18 season; after an ugly loss to in-state rival, MSU, some of the fan-base has officially began to give constructive criticism on their beloved head coach. Play-calling was a big issue in the eyes of many: the decision to throw the football as much as they did in a monsoon, failing to target Zach Gentry in the passing game, or giving Karan Higedon just 12 touches despite being the most productive back for Michigan (5.4 YPC).

On the defensive side of the ball, there really isn’t much you can ask for. When your offense turns the ball over five times and your defense only allows 14 points, that’s a championship defense.

In Jim Harbaugh’s third season, wouldn’t you think that Michigan should have, at the very least, a quarterback and an offense who can give enough ‘run support’ to win a football game if your defense shuts out a team in the 2nd half?

Michigan was out-coached, outplayed, and flat-out did not deserve to win this football game. Jim Harbaugh, and his staff get paid far too much money to lose a game like this one, there is no excuse to justify what happened in the Big House on Saturday.

For me, it wasn’t just that they lost, the way they lost is what really stung. Repeatedly shot themselves in the foot offensively, and could not capitalize on the opportunities given to them time after time. Michigan is a team that is evidently more talented that Michigan State — it’s obvious, look at the recruiting classes. Michigan isn’t a poorly coached team, but they were simply out coached by Mark Dantonio and his staff.

Michigan has everything needed to be a national powerhouse: a top-tier coaching staff with years of NFL experience, multiple top ten recruiting classes, endless hype and publicity that most programs strive to have. What is the missing recipe? Why can’t Michigan win these big games?

The seat isn’t hot for Jim Harbaugh, but how long before it starts getting warm? Beating Ohio State in November would change the picture, but a loss would mean Harbaugh’s rivalry game record falls to 1-5. When you’re paying a coach nine million annually, you expect them to win more than one rivalry game per every three seasons.

Maybe I’m part of the fan-base that’s overreacting, and maybe I just need to give Harbaugh’s program more time and have patience. Michigan fans demand a lot, they have very high expectations and standards; we’re all growing at least a little impatient after watching Michigan football from 2008-2014.

Bottom line is that pressure to win is more real than it’s ever been for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan. I won’t be able to stomach another off-season of Harbaugh making headlines for doing weird, quirky, recruiting tactics if he’s 0-3 against the Buckeyes. If you want to go to Rome, climb trees, sleep at recruit’s houses, jump off a diving board into a pool fully clothed, have a podcast, and to separate yourself from the other CFB coaches in the media…beat a rival, win a big game, win a Big Ten championship, make the playoffs.

 

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Jim Harbaugh’s 7th Child has Arrived 

On Wednesday afternoon at 4:35pm Michigan head football coach, Jim Harbaugh tweeted the news of his newest son arriving, John Harbaugh. 

Says John had came earlier than expected weighing in at 4 lb 13 oz, with an 18 in wing span. 

Perhaps Michigan has just earned the first commitment of the 2035 class for the Wolverines! 

Shane Morris Seeking Graduate Transfer 

It was announced Tuesday evening that Michigan QB, Shane Morris, would now be seeking a graduate transfer, and has permission to talk to other schools. 

Morris is a fourth-year junior and he will have a remaining year of eligibility. 

Coming out of high school, the De LaSalle  standout was ranked in the ESPNU 300, and was considered to be one of the better quarterbacks in his class. 

Many would describe Shane Morris’ career at Michigan to be underwhelming considering the hype carried with him during the recruiting process. 

Shane Morris will make an attempt to leave Michigan in order to put his name on the map outside of the Brady Hoke concussion situation back in 2014. 

ChadTough Foundation gains from Coach Harbaugh’s citation

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh’s postgame comments regarding officiating on Saturday have officially as of Monday cost him a fine to the Big Ten conference of $10,000.

The blog ‘Maize and Go Blue’ is using a “lemons into lemonade” philosophy about the situation. The blog has started a campaign on ‘generosity.com’ to match every penny of Harbaugh’s fine with ambition to raise it all by this Saturday before kick-off of the Big Ten championship game.

If you’re unfamiliar with who Chad Carr is, he is the four year old grandson of former Michigan head coach, Lloyd Carr. Chad passed away over a year ago of Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

The ChadTough Foundation funds research, and spreads awareness for Pediatric Brain Tumors.

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If you support this cause, and would like to help the campaign reach their goal of $10K by this Saturday, click the link below to donate now!

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