Former Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer is quite familiar with the Michigan Wolverines. After all, he didn’t lose a single matchup against the rivals from Ann Arbor during his entire tenure in Columbus, going a perfect 7-0 in every edition of “The Game”.
Now serving as an on-air analyst, Meyer discussed the issues facing the Wolverines program, as well as head coach Jim Harbaugh on this afternoon’s edition of FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff, saying that it might indeed be time to “blow it up”:
“When a coaching staff is hired, at the end of that tenure, or during that tenure, they’re going to be successful or they’re going to fail (based on) two reasons,” Meyer said. “You have to develop and implement a culture. Number two you have to acquire talent – it’s called talent acquisition and development. You watch them play – they’re 2-5 in their last seven games. I think it’s time to blow it up. I think it’s time to really evaluate the culture – dig deep. At 2-5 – there’s something going and I said this a couple of weeks ago.”
However, Meyer stopped short of saying that “blow it up” means firing Harbaugh, saying that his counterpart is a “great” football coach.
“I didn’t say that,” he responded. “Because any time you say that, and I’ve heard people say it – where do you go? Those are the questions.
“He is a great football coach. He won 70% of his games in the NFL. You can’t all of a sudden say he’s a bad football coach. That’s not fair. But there are things involved – football programs are complicated. I always tell people they’re living organisms. You don’t just say ‘that’s a team.’ That team is changing. Are you solid in culture? Are you solid in talent acquisition and your plan? If not, fix it.”
Later in the afternoon, Harbaugh and the Wolverines fell to 2-4 on the season after dropping their matchup against the winless Penn State Nittany Lions.