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Analyst makes fun of Michigan football for ‘Free Harbaugh’ shirts

This analyst is not a fan of how Michigan football is responding to Jim Harbaugh being suspended.



Michigan football, Jim Harbaugh, JJ McCarthy, Paul Finebaum, East Carolina
Dec 4, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh during warm ups before the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Due to the three-game self-imposed suspension from the University of Michigan, the Michigan football program was without head coach Jim Harbaugh for last weekend’s season-opener against East Carolina. Still, it has been pretty clear that Harbaugh is not a fan of the suspension and that his team and staff want him back on the sidelines as soon as possible. Before and after the game, some Michigan stars — such as JJ McCarthy — wore ‘Free Harbaugh’ shirts, prompting analyst Paul Finebaum to take some uncalled-for shots at the Wolverines.

Analyst Pual Finebaum grills Michigan football for response to Jim Harbaugh suspension

Analyst Paul Finebaum, who has been known to be one of the biggest Michigan football-hating analysts in the sport, recently appeared on the Matt Barrie Show and discussed Jim Harbaugh and more.

“Yeah, and this isn’t a case where the NCAA forbade a star for North Carolina or LSU from playing a game; this was agreed upon,” Finebaum began via the Matt Barrie Show. “This was self-imposed. So I mean, Michigan fans, I realize you live in a different world up there in southern Canada, but the point being, talk to your athletic director or talk to your president; those are the cats that came up with that idea.”

JJ McCarthy made the team’s stance clear after the East Carolina game

Regardless of what Paul Finebaum thinks, Michigan football quarterback JJ McCarthy made it clear where he and his team stand on Jim Harbaugh being suspended. After the Wolverines’ 30-3 victory over East Carolina last weekend, JJ had this to say: “It’s as simple as this: I just want my coach back. As simple as that. I just want him back.”

Michigan football will get Jim Harbaugh back in a few weeks for its matchup against Rutgers in Week 4. In the meantime, Harbaugh will miss the rest of the non-conference slate, including matchups against UNLV this weekend and Bowling Green next weekend.

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