It’s official folks: Jim Harbaugh is on the hot seat. After Michigan’s loss last Saturday to Notre Dame in the annual “Ivy League of the midwest” game, Harbaugh’s seat is hotter than a plate of chicken wings on an episode of Guy Fieri’s Triple D’s. It’s almost as if Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly ceremoniously passed the hot seat baton to Harbaugh during the post-game handshake.
There are many reasons as to why this loss puts Harbaugh on the heat, but first let’s take a look at some cold hard facts (please sponsor us Coors Light). Harbaugh is in his fourth season at Michigan, and his record against Top 10 opponents is 1-7, and 1-5 against his biggest rivals: Ohio State and Michigan State . However, facts like these have been overlooked due to the excuses routinely produced by Michigan fans such as “ he doesn’t have a quarterback,” or “those are Brady Hoke’s recruits.”
The problem for Harbaugh is that the excuse train is over. Brady Hoke’s players are gone. Jim’s recruits include former #1 nationally-ranked prospect in defensive tackle Rashan Gary. He also has an elite talent at quarterback in Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson. But the so called “quarterback whisperer” Jim Harbaugh was neither able to produce a game-winning offense nor a lone passing touchdown.
“Ruiz is weak, line is weak, Shea is scared, (expletive) Michigan offense is so predictable..Michigan football is sadly one thing….. Trash.” -Big Ten Analyst and Michigan Alum, Braylon Edwards
Hot Take: Harbaugh is on the hot seat is due to the arrogance and ignorance of the Michigan fan base. Michigan fans don’t live in reality; they live in a magical wonderland where Michigan football is a perennial national championship, and a Big Ten championship contender. They even have the nerve to refer to Michigan State as their “little brother,” even though Michigan State has won the Paul Bunyan trophy eight out of the last ten years.
The true test of Jim Harbaugh’s job security will occur on November 24th, when the maize and blue travel down to Columbus to face The Ohio State Buckeyes. Harbaugh is currently 0-3 against Ohio State during his tenure. If Michigan beats Ohio State, then Harbaugh is on the cool throne, and will be worshiped by rabid Michigan fans. But, if he loses then you’ll see fans, boosters, ex-players, stadium vendors, and alumni start to turn on Harbaugh like a pack of wild dogs.