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Analyst takes shot at Michigan football coach amid scandal

This analyst didn’t hold back while talking about Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh this afternoon.



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Dec 31, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh gestures from the sidelines against the TCU Horned Frogs in the second half of the 2022 Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Today, Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh had his first press conference since the week of the Michigan State game; needless to say, he was asked a lot of questions about the sign-stealing scandal, which has engulfed national sports media over the past ten or so days. Following Harbaugh’s press conference, it didn’t take long for nationally looked-to college football analyst Paul Finebaum, one of the Wolverines’ biggest critics over the past few years, to open up and share some harsh thoughts about the press conference and Harbaugh’s response.

Paul Finebaum takes shot at Michigan football coach amid scandal

Now, to be clear, aside from some clarification on his contract extension negotiations, Jim Harbaugh did not comment on the sign-stealing scandal very much this afternoon. Like all Michigan football fans expected, Harbaugh gave some insight into his feelings on the matter, though most of his answers were along the lines of a “no comment” due to the nature of the ongoing NCAA investigation.

Still, Paul Finebaum didn’t like what he heard from the 9th-year Michigan football coach, prompting him to share some harsh thoughts during an ESPN segment this afternoon.

“That was a non-denial, denial,” Paul Finebaum said, talking about an answer that Jim Harbaugh gave during this afternoon’s press conference. “That was a terrible answer. I was a pathetic answer when you consider what is at stake right now.

“… It’s time for Jim Harbaugh to take some responsibility for a scandal that is sleazy (and) disgusting. (The sign-stealing scandal) may not de-rail the Wolverines, but it stinks to high heavens.”

Finebaum also commented on the Wall Street Journal’s report that Jim Harbaugh’s contract offer was pulled by the University of Michigan; however, the report has since been debunked by Michigan insiders and Harbaugh himself, who said this afternoon that the report was “not accurate.”

This weekend, despite the sign-stealing scandal and media outrage, Michigan football will look to continue its winning ways on the gridiron when Purdue comes to town for a night game at the Big House on Saturday.

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball as a member of the credentialed media at both schools. Right now, CJ writes for Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. He also does some credentialed basketball coverage. Previously, CJ has made stops with sites like GBMWolverine, Saturday Blitz, Steeler Nation, and more.