When Jim Harbaugh was named the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines football team in 2015, lofty expectations were placed in front of him. He was supposed to turn a fabled program around to not only beat rivals Michigan State and Ohio State, but make Michigan into a playoff contender. It's safe to say that Harbaugh's tenure at Michigan hasn't panned out the way he wanted.
Take National Signing Day for example. Otis Reese, a four-star linebacker from Leesburg, Georgia, rescinded his commitment from Michigan to go to Georgia. It was Michigan's only Top-100 recruit to boot. Granted, Georgia had a stellar Signing Day, even plucking Quay Walker from Alabama. But this year's Signing Day wasn't so nice to Harbaugh. Harbaugh's has had some great recruiting classes, pulling in players like Devin Bush and RaShan Gary. Still, this is a potential sign that the wheels are falling off the Harbaugh hype train.
Harbaugh's record in bowl games is also less than appetizing. Harbaugh is 1-2 in bowl games in his Michigan career, including a loss at this season's Outback Bowl when South Carolina came back and won. Harbaugh's record against Michigan State and Ohio State is also unappealing: Harbaugh is 1-5 against his rivals. Don't forget that Harbaugh's had a revolving door of assistants in his tenure at Michigan.
Next season is crucial for Harbaugh regarding his career at Michigan. Will transfer Shea Patterson be eligible to play? If not, how will the quarterback situation play out? Can the Wolverines navigate through a tough 2018 schedule? In any case, if Harbaugh wants to get doubters off his back and bring success, there's some work that needs to be done. Otherwise, Ohio State will continue to use Michigan as a doormat to the Big Ten Championship.
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