The Michigan Wolverines have not looked impressive in their 2-0 start to the 2019 season. But while some people believe that head coach Jim Harbaugh may soon find himself on the hot seat if he can’t get over the hump, one analyst is throwing his support behind him.
In a recent appearance on The Herd, FOX analyst and former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn spoke glowingly about Harbaugh. Quinn feels that Harbaugh “probably the most underappreciated coach in college football” for how he’s gotten the Wolverines to improve in his five years at the helm.
He took it a step further by saying that people look down on Harbaugh’s accomplishments by placing him side-by-side with former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.
“…I also think that he’s probably the most underappreciated coach in college football… I think part of the reason why he’s underappreciated is because around the time when Jim Harbaugh gets hired Urban Meyer was hired…”
There’s certainly a case to be made that Michigan has been overlooked by Ohio State’s dominance.
The Wolverines have gone 39-11 in the regular season under Harbaugh since he took over in 2015. But four of those losses came at the hands of Meyer’s Ohio State teams. Their 62-39 loss to OSU last year cost them a trip to the Big Ten Championship Game.
Harbaugh is also only 1-3 in bowl games, and has lost three straight bowl games.
At any other school, Harbaugh’s accomplishments might be worthy of a lifetime contract. But at Michigan, the bar is set a little bit higher. That could come back to hurt Harbaugh if the Wolverines aren’t in contention for a title soon.