Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh was voted the most overrated college football coach.
Is Jim Harbaugh overrated as a head coach? Some fellow college football coaches apparently think so.
CBS Sports’ college football writers spoke to 26 college football head coaches, and asked them for their thoughts on the most overrated and underrated coaches in college football.
Here are the results for the most overrated:
|Jim Harbaugh (Michigan)||13 percent|
|Nick Saban (Alabama)||9 percent|
|Lane Kiffin (Florida Atlantic)||9 percent|
|Lovie Smith (Illinois)||9 percent|
|Brian Kelly (Notre Dame)||4 percent|
|Tom Herman (Texas)||4 percent|
|Will Muschamp (South Carolina)||4 percent|
|Choose not to answer||48 percent|
So Jim Harbaugh is leading the Most Overrated train with 13 percent of the vote. Yikes. Granted, the sample size is just 26 coaches, but that’s still one-fifth of all college football coaches in the FBS. Surely it means something right?
Eh, I’m not so sure.
It’s hard to argue with the results when it comes to Jim Harbaugh. Sure, the Wolverines haven’t finished higher than third in their division, but the Big Ten is top-heavy. Harbaugh rejuvenated a flailing program almost overnight, and has led the Wolverines to back-to-back 10-3 seasons—including a Citrus Bowl win in 2015. Not a lot of coaches could have done that. According to CBS Sports, his “overrated” label probably has less to do with his coaching ability and more to do with his “antics,” like having a sleepover with a recruit —as they lead to more time in the spotlight for Harbaugh.
You can check out the entire set of results here.