With Michigan’s horrendous start to the 2020 season, many have wondered if it’s time for the program to move on from once-great coach Jim Harbaugh.
While many analysts never believed Michigan would fire Harbaugh midseason, they may be singing a different tune after Saturday night’s game against Rutgers.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg is one such analyst. He thought there was no way Harbaugh would be fired outright by the Wolverines — until tonight that is.
Early in the second quarter, Michigan was trailing the Scarlet Knights 14-0.
Been asked on every radio show about Jim Harbaugh’s status and my response has been the same: He’s not getting fired outright.
This could change things. pic.twitter.com/gJEdZ2ZJQN
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 22, 2020
The Wolverines have since crawled back into the game, but the dominance shown by Rutgers early in the game is certainly concerning. Early in the third quarter Michigan still trails 24-14.
After a solid win over Minnesota in their season opener, Harbaugh and Michigan have lost three straight. Their first loss came in a brutal 27-24 upset loss to Michigan State. The Wolverines lost their next two in blowout fashion, falling to Indiana and Wisconsin by a combined score of 55 points.
starting to think Jim Harbaugh's Michigan teams are not getting better over time pic.twitter.com/g5w8p4ePTT
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) November 22, 2020
With a loss, Harbaugh will fall to 1-4 on the season. If Michigan can’t pull out a win against 1-3 Rutgers, it may be time for the program to seriously consider moving on — and fast.