UMAA’s Jim Harbaugh addressed the media today in Chicago at the 2018 Big Ten Media Days confab. The facts are catching up with him.
“Well, the improvement will lead to success will lead to championships.”
That was the answer to the question that nobody in Maize and Blue wants to acknowledge is the only question that really matters.
After all of the tweets and the sleepovers and the field trips to far-away lands and the ranting and raving on the sidelines and the music videos like this one:
…the facts speak for themselves.
2015 – Big Ten East third place finish.
2016 – Big Ten East third place finish.
2017 – Big Ten East fourth place finish.
1-5 record against Michigan State and Ohio State.
Sure, UMAA has won a nice amount of games in the three years that Harbaugh has been the school’s J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach.
But the facts listed above are the only facts that matter and everyone knows it.
Jim Harbaugh hasn’t gotten it done where it counts and his potato sack of third-, third-, and fourth-place finishes is being carried around by the gigantic elephant that’s roaming the streets of Ann Arbor.
And so the question needed to be asked of Harbaugh:
“You came into Ann Arbor with perhaps the most hype of any coach in the history of the Big Ten. Maybe in all of college football. A few years later you’ve got a third-place, third-place and fourth-place finish. And you’re 1-5 against Michigan State and Ohio State. What do you have to do this year to demonstrate to the Michigan community that you are on the path to achieving what they hired you to achieve?”
His exact response, once again and in full, was, “Well, the improvement will lead to success will lead to championships.”
Mississippi transfer Shea Patterson is, supposedly, going to lead UMAA’s offense and improve on last year’s woeful attack.
First rule in seeing a transfer as a savior: ask yourself why the place from where he’s transferring is letting him bolt.
UMAA finished the 2017 season with an 8-5 record, an offense that was 96th in the nation in points per game (25.2), 106th in passing offense (171.2 yards per game) and 96th in the nation in total offense (349 yards per game).
Those are facts.
Yet, in an ESPN preseason Top 25 poll published in May, there’s UMAA right there in the cozy 10-spot.
It’s entirely possible that Shea Patterson rejuvenates an offense that hasn’t had a pulse since Harbaugh arrived.
It’s also possible that all of the friendly (and smart) UMAA Twitter folks will find out that I’m actually a really nice guy and that my house doesn’t even have a basement.
UMAA’s defense is stout.
But so was my dead Uncle Bert’s gut.
It’s true – Jim Harbaugh is a really interesting guy.
But so is my Uncle Phil and he’s never beaten Michigan State or Ohio State and my guess is that the UMAAers probably wouldn’t consider him for the position of J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Coach.