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There's no getting around the issue anymore. Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh hasn't gotten the job done that he was hired to do in Ann Arbor.
No, he wasn't hired to just win games and beat easy teams.
Harbaugh's defenders (and there are many) will be quick to come back with some variation of “But, he brought the program back to prominence! Lots of wins!”
That's all well and good. The University of Michigan, however, shouldn't be content with just being a “good” program.
Yes, Harbaugh has rocked up 47 wins since coming back to his alma matter. There's a far more important number to look at, however.
As in zero wins over Ohio State. Zero trips to the College Football Playoff. Zero Big Ten titles. Zero wins in the last four Bowl games. Zero quarterbacks found and developed.
Another number comes to mind – one. As in one win as an underdog out of 11 attempts.
For the money he's receiving, that's not cutting it.
The third highest paid coach in all of college football hasn't delivered the results needed to justify being on that pedestal.
Again, Harbaugh wasn't brought back to Ann Arbor simply to win a bunch of games against opponents he was supposed to beat.
He hasn't beaten Ohio State. He hasn't led Michigan to the CFP. He hasn't won the Big Ten. And he's heading into year six.
This isn't good enough.
Yes, he's a good recruiter. He sure knows how to make headlines with lavish overseas trips with his squad, Papal gifts, and soundbites.
That's not what he was hired for – he was brought in to win big games.
Harbaugh hasn't gotten it done in Michigan, and his growing reputation as being overrated is absolutely warranted.