It's happening again. Jim Harbaugh is being heavily criticized by an acclaimed sports columnist for what he's doing on the recruiting trail.
A week after Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune wrote about the Michigan coach "taking advantage of a flawed system" following the de-commitment of Erik Swenson, Steve Politi of The Star-Ledger and NJ.com wrote something more scathing.
The column comes after a three-star defensive tackle committed to Michigan de-committed after being told there's a "50-50" chance he might not have a scholarship.
">January 26, 2016
From the column:
This is relevant now because Harbaugh has opened one Turnpike-sized pipeline from New Jersey to Ann Arbor, making him the biggest recruiting obstacle forChris Ash and his new staff at Rutgers. Michael Dwumfour, the 6-foot-2, 280-pound defensive tackle from DePaul Catholic, is just the latest New Jersey star to announce he was headed to the Big House.
All Big Ten coaches try to recruit this state, but few have done it better lately than Harbaugh. He has plenty to sell, starting with the tradition at Michigan and his own coaching acumen. No one is denying that Harbaugh is good at his job, which Rutgers witnessed first hand this fall.
Still: You hope the players who are making that pledge to Michigan now are doing so with their eyes wide open. If Harbaugh can't keep his word on the recruiting trail, can he be trusted to do so once players get on campus?
Of the 24 players committed to Michigan in the 2016 class, five are from New Jersey - four four-star prospects and one three-star recruit.
The Wolverines' class is ranked the No. 3 class in the country by 247 Sports.