The Michigan Faithful Are in Disarray After a Terrible Loss to Wisconsin

By Johnny Ginter on September 22, 2019 at 11:38 am
Current head Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh

Let's begin with this.

Most of those stats are bad. Terrible, even. But frankly, they're also pretty much par for the course for the Michigan Wolverines over the last decade and change. That they're a mediocre program that can't win big games isn't news and probably not something anyone reading this needs to be reminded of.

But here's the thing: this is really about Jim Harbaugh, and how secure his position is as the head football coach at the University of Michigan after a really, really, really bad loss to Wisconsin. One of the things that I've noticed over the years as I've written about college sports is that tenures of high profile coaches tend to end very quickly. Either through incompetence or scandal, things snowball out of control and teams that looked to be a lock for postseason glory in August can find themselves conducting a coaching search a few months later.

That Harbaugh has lost the last three out of five games is telling. That he's lost those games by wide margins is telling. That he had no answers for how his team played yesterday is telling.

And, as follows, the anger and vitriol coming from Michigan fans is very telling.


I can't claim to know what the future of Michigan football holds, but I hope they never truly slip into irrelevance. Because it'd make schadenfreude like this much harder to come by.

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