One of the biggest criticisms of Harbaugh is his inability to register marquee wins. It is why some think he could leave for the professional ranks at some point.
Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt appeared on “The Herd” today and addressed the rumors of Harbaugh looking for a way out of Ann Arbor. He also defended Harbaugh’s resume thus far at his alma mater.
Klatt points out that averaging more wins per season than Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr. Granted, this is during an era where a team plays 12 regular season games every year, but that’s still an intriguing stat.
He also compares Harbaugh to legendary coaches like Tom Osborne and Bobby Bowden, who took a while to win a national championship.
Lastly, he called it “inconceivable” to expect Harbaugh to be better than Ohio State and compete for a national championship during an era in which Ohio State is winning at its highest level ever.
"We are asking Jim Harbaugh to put Michigan in a spot that they've never been in their history — and during an era in which Ohio State is achieving at its highest clip in its history." — @JoelKlatt pic.twitter.com/Z4SsEBm34M
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 23, 2019
We’re not saying Klatt is wrong in his assessment, just that we’ve been hearing the same back-and-forth arguments about Harbaugh for years now. As long as he’s at Michigan and isn’t beating OSU, we’ll continue to hear them.
However, even if the Wolverines lose to Ohio State in November but beat Notre Dame and Michigan State, they can finish with a 9-3 regular season. A bowl win would give Harbaugh double-digit victories in four of his five seasons at UM.