Criticism is pouring on Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh following the Wolverines’ blowout loss to Ohio State on Saturday. It’s the eighth straight loss to the Buckeyes – the fifth in a row for Harbaugh.
ESPN host Mike Greenberg believes this criticism is unfair, though. The Get Up! host thinks everyone has it wrong when it comes to Michigan’s head coach.
Greenberg says there is a “false perception” of the Michigan football program. They haven’t been on the same level as Ohio State for a long time, long before Harbaugh took over, he says.
“Michigan is not, and has not for a very long time, been among the elite football programs in America,” Greenberg said. “That was true before Harbaugh arrived, it is true today, and it will probably be true long after he leaves.”
“You want to make this all about Ohio State, but that is not a good idea. A hammer and a nail have a relationship, but not a rivalry, and that’s what this is.”
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) December 3, 2019
That’s mostly fair, but it doesn’t mean Michigan – and its fan base – shouldn’t strive for better.
No rivalry has been more lopsided lately than Ohio State-Michigan, either. You wouldn’t say that Alabama and Auburn have been equal programs since Nick Saban arrived, but Gus Malzahn has proven – on multiple occasions – to be capable of beating the Crimson Tide.
Why shouldn’t Michigan hope for the same against Ohio State?