Hope is lost in Michigan, and 2020 seems to be the end of the road for Jim Harbo


If form catches on, Jim Harbo will not quietly leave Michigan. So much seems certain during these troubled times. Hey, that’s entertainment. The ultimate Michigan man who didn’t come to town with someone’s promise was no better, close to hitting a rock bottom in his alma mater.

Indicators are all there that this is Harbag’s final year with the Wolverines. The 1-3 scheme is the worst program since 1967, two years before Bo Scisbechler arrived. There have been disturbances and ongoing inability to develop a quarterback. The loss was played as a fraction of a 28–0 drop Saturday night against Wisconsin, the largest in Michigan’s stadium’s 93-year history.

Harbo has not ranked among the top 50 quarterbacks in his last six recruiting classes. He is 300 players. He has filled in most transfers, including Shia Patterson, an import from Ole Miss who was the No. 1 quarterback for the 2016 247 Sports Composite. Joe Milton is the first high-school recruit to start at Harboff’s position. The job has been opened for competition following the loss to Wisconsin.

Worse, on Saturday, it looked like what the Wolverines lost coaches to call their “competition level” against the Badges. When asked about the mood of the team on Monday, Michigan veteran Gomen Green said, “It’s kind of down right now.”

It would be for Harbaugh to get a five-week mood in his sixth season in Michigan. Asked specifically whether the buy-in for his players is still at the competition level, the coach said, “Like we’re not going to feel sorry for ourselves, we’re not going to make any excuses.” Don’t stop, don’t slow down. Confidence is really faith, trust is what you can find a way to get work. “

Hope, however, is not always a strategy. Ohio State has rarely gone so far about not only Michigan but the entire college football. This may be where the exit strategy begins.

Michigan State is proving to be one of the worst teams in the Big Ten. The Spartans’ only win is over Michigan. Harbaugh is now 1-6 against the school’s two biggest rivals. (Victory against defaulters.) His contract is one of the six shortest in FBS, all of which ends on January 2022. An extension – even influenced by COVID-19 – has not been forthcoming.

It has always been complicated with Harboff. He remains the most successful coach at Michigan since Lloyd Carr. All were squealing. Some of it was warranted. Harbaug was having a Super Bowl. At the beginning of the season, only 10 coaches had better win percentages than Harbaug at his current school (.723).

He has won 10 games at Michigan three times. But this season is his worst running back in his 13 years as a coach in college or coach.

It is also complicated with Michigan. Ohio State’s chase seems pointless – at least at the moment. Michigan wants to consider itself as one, but consider this amazing statue: The Wolverines have won 12 games just once since 1905, the last national championship season in 1997. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes have won at least 12 games seven times – since 2012.

Perhaps it is a matter of managing external expectations.

Then there is the thorny state of departure of a Michigan legend. The inference here is that Harbag will not expel himself. He will walk away for the NFL or have some sort of mutual agreement.

After that if not Harbaug then who? The two best candidates may be Urban Mayer and Luke Fickel. Both are near impossibility in Michigan, given that Meyer coaches at Ohio State. Fickel, currently a Cincinnati coach and resident of Columbus, Ohio, played there and later was an assistant under Jim Tressel and Mayer.

Meyer forced a lot of events between them – Michigan – to look in the mirror with this Fox pregame show to see how to lose the program in that way.

If not Mayor or Fickel, pay attention to recently fired Texas coach Bill O’Brien and Iowa State’s Matt Campbell. If Brian Kelly does not retire at Notre Dame, there is a limited list of places where he might consider attending college.

But there has been speculation for a few weeks from now.

“I’m excited as a coach,” Harbag said during his weekly Zoom availability, removing his glasses on Monday. “… it’s in my eyes. I’m cheerful, excited to go to coach in the daytime. Like I said before, never gonna stop, never quit, never slow down. We just attack And keep on being. People. I don’t think I could live without it. I’m sure that’s what I’m going to do. “

It’s okay to ask how fragile Michigan can be right now. This has certainly ended many times.

“Just looking at the cut ups … not always a defensive player correcting his assignment,” Green said. “There is always a person out there who is not doing his job.”

Twice a week, Clemson has a sports psychologist who comes to take the mental temperature of the nation’s No. 4 team. COVID-19, a combination of isolation and virtual learning makes it a necessity.

“We’re creating an environment where it’s not okay, it’s okay,” Tigers offensive coordinator Tony Elliott said of consulting help.

Clemson is not unique. They are not the only ones to navigate through new and challenging concerns. Losing only adds to grief.

“It’s not a one-day thing, it’s a one-hour thing,” said UCLA coach Chip Kelly. “Everything changes. You have the ability to be agile and pivot depending on the circumstances. It’s our guiding light and our north star. We’re not going to ask them to do anything that puts them at a disadvantage. “

It is strange to see Michigan this far below the line with Harbaugh.

“This is actually my first losing record,” Green said. “Even growing in urination, I didn’t have a losing record. I feel like I’m handling it well emotionally. What can I do.” [the coaches] do? They are not on the field with us. ”

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