Subject: Jim Harbaugh is a big loser on national signing day
Not only is the honeymoon over at Michigan for Jim Harbaugh, the
marriage could be veering toward
Subject: Re: Jim Harbaugh is a big loser on national signing day
On Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 3:04:23 PM UTC-6, Toymakers wrote:
> Not only is the honeymoon over at Michigan for Jim Harbaugh, the
> marriage could be veering toward “we should meet with a
> counselor” territory.
> Harbaugh’s tenure at his alma mater has not been as successful
> as most pundits predicted and fans expected. What’s worse, it is
> starting to look eerily familiar.
> That familiarity got worse Wednesday, when several other college
> programs closed the 2018 recruiting cycle stronger than the
> Wolverines, and Michigan dropped to No. 21 in the 247sports
> composite rankings on national signing day. Harbaugh’s four
> recruiting classes have now been ranked 37th, eighth, fifth and
> 21st by the 247sports composite.
> His predecessor, Brady Hoke, followed the exact same pattern: a
> sluggish start after the coaching change (30th in 2011),
> followed by two big years (sixth and fourth), followed by a big
> fade (20th in 2014). The Wolverines also faded on the field,
> dropping to 5-7 in Hoke’s fourth year. He did not get a fifth.
> Harbaugh’s on-field results also have been similar to Hoke’s.
> The Wolverines slipped from back-to-back 10-3 seasons to 8-5 in
> 2017. Harbaugh has won two more games than Hoke did through
> three seasons, but Hoke also finished higher than third in his
> division — twice, in fact.
> Nothing causes consternation in a college football fan base like
> losing to rivals and poor recruiting rankings. Harbaugh is 0-3
> on the field against Ohio State (and 1-2 against Michigan
> State), and Urban Meyer continues to rule the recruiting trail.
> The Buckeyes have a higher-ranked class than the Wolverines for
> the eighth straight cycle, and the gap might be getting wider.
> Ohio State has finished seventh, fourth, second and second in
> the 247composite rankings during Harbaugh’s four seasons. The
> Buckeyes are clearly in the nation’s top recruiting tier, a
> place reserved only for them, Alabama, Georgia and maybe
> Clemson. The Wolverines have been a second-tier program the
> previous two seasons, but fell a couple of notches below that
> for 2018.
> What’s worse — Penn State might be passing Michigan as Ohio
> State’s biggest threat. The Nittany Lions have won the Big Ten
> and won a New Year’s Six bowl game in the past two seasons. Now,
> they just landed the No. 4-ranked class in the nation, just
> behind the Buckeyes in the battle for Big Ten supremacy.
> James Franklin’s club has an average finish of 13.25 in the past
> four recruiting cycles. Michigan’s average in that span is
> 17.75, and it’s still 13.0 if Harbaugh gets a break for the
> first year, when he had limited time to cobble together a class.
> Michigan fans do not expect to see Penn State on equal footing,
> let alone clearly having more momentum moving forward.
> The 2018 season was always going to be big for Harbaugh. After
> having one of the youngest teams in the nation in 2017, this was
> supposed to be the year he delivers in Ann Arbor.
> The ride to this point has gotten bumpier than expected, though.
> Harbaugh has climbed trees and held sleepovers and taken his
> team all over the globe, but if he doesn’t win more games, beat
> some rivals and recruit better players, his time as coach might
> not last longer than Hoke’s.