Jim Harbaugh did not have his finest moment of 2016 on Monday, storming out of a press conference after being pressed about the suspension of three players: true freshmen Kareem Walker and Ahmir Mitchell and redshirt freshman Shelton Johnson.
Now, he's catching some heat for his handling of the situation with the national media. Specifically: CBS Sports Radio host Jim Rome. The longtime radio personality blasted Harbaugh, who saying that he is the same "miserable" coach he was with the San Francisco 49ers, despite some of the fun antics that he's been involved in at Michigan.
The segment on Harbaugh took place at around the 26-minute mark of the second hour of Rome's Tuesday show.
Angelique S. Chengelis of The Detroit News transcribed the key parts of Rome's rant on Harbaugh. He did not go lightly on the Michigan head coach.
“Maybe you forgot over the summer that it’s their job to cover your team, not asking you what your favorite Drake album is. Just like they’re not there to write another tired story about your latest throwback jersey, or your Walmart khakis, or your latest shirtless photo from satellite camp, or another (attack) on the SEC.
Rome believes that Harbaugh, while a great coach, burns out on jobs, and that this may already be taking place at Michigan.
“If anybody thought this was going to be a kinder, gentler Harbaugh since he went home to Ann Arbor to rescue the football program, make no mistake, it’s the same exact guy. Nothing’s changed. Same guy. Same insanely intense dude that got run from Frisco, because he was miserable. He runs way too hot and he was wearing people out. Don’t get it twisted now. Great coach. Unbelievable coach. I’m sure he’ll do a great job there. But when you have a coach who wins as he wins and nobody is ever sorry to see him leave, that tells you a little something about that guy.”
Like his CBS Sports colleague Dennis Dodd, Rome doesn't see Jim Harbaugh at his alma mater long term.
But anybody who thinks Harbaugh is wired to grow old in that job is kidding themselves. Enjoy it while it lasts, because even though it’s his alma mater, it probably won’t. This cat runs way too hot. If he can’t get through an August press session, media session, when they’re asking him about guys that are not in a team photo, this guy’s not going to last long.”
One bad presser is probably an unfair sampling to make a full referendum on Jim Harbaugh's Michigan future, but it certainly wasn't a good moment for the fiery Michigan coach.