Harbaugh and fine whine

By Frank Lewis - [email protected]



Even if Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh was right, and he wasn’t, but just suppose he was right in his assessment of the fourth down play by Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, who would pay attention anyway. Harbaugh was the prototypical little boy who cried wolf at that point.

As much as I like to see Harbaugh succeed because nothing could be better for OSU or Big Ten Football than a successful Michigan team, he bores me silly with his constant whining. In all the time I have watched him coach over the last couple of years, you would believe he never got a correct penalty called on any member of his team at any time.

The game had just gotten underway and he was already jawing at the officials. It cheapens a good coach’s image to blame officials for everything that goes wrong in a football game, but that is exactly what he does. He whines constantly and the last one was his best.

He said – “How I saw it he was this (gesturing about a foot) short.” His vantage point was some 40 yards downfield from where the play took place. Officials were all round it and it was even reviewed. So his vantage point was not a very good one.

There are some people who have class and some who don’t. Harbaugh does not. I saw OSU lose a couple of times over the last two years and never once did Urban Mayer whine about the officiating. I got upset a couple of times, and I jumped up and down in front of the TV, but Mayer did not. Therein is the difference between these two talented coaches.

I think it was a great game even though the Buckeyes couldn’t move the ball at all against that stout Michigan defense. But again, J.T. Barrett took the game on his shoulders and found a way to win. It reminds me of a couple of other quarterbacks with the same ability – Craig Krenzel and Braxton Miller. Oh, and never forget the great Kenny Guiton or Cardale Jones.

I have been impressed with Wilton Speight all year long and Saturday was no exception. He picked the underclassmen defense apart as I thought he would. If the network wants to make a bundle of money, they should put both OSU and Michigan in the playoffs. I would love to see a rematch. They are two really good teams.

Someone needs to get to Harbaugh and let him watch a re-play of the way he reacts to every call against his team. He is a great coach and he doesn’t have to be that way. His coaching can speak for itself. Two great teams battled it out and that should be the end of it.


By Frank Lewis

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Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.