Category Archives: Jim Harbaugh

More Players Leaving Michigan

Jim Harbaugh has issues with this team at Michigan.  They may be fixable but he has to be self aware enough to change.

My number one source at Michigan is telling me all is not right with the Wolverines football program, there are a few problems that may or may not be fixable.

First, Jim has a credibility issue.  Players think he is not truthful.  For example, he apparently told James Hudson he would start in 2019, but when JBB got hurt, they played Andrew Stueber.  Hudson left the following Monday.  Hudson wasn’t happy that he was misled by the coaching staff, he wanted to leave before the 2018 season but wasn’t granted his release and was cajoled into staying with the promise he would start in 2019.   When JBB went down with an injury and Hudson didn’t play, his mom was pissed and he was gone.

Harbaugh’s credibility is an issue from everything to playing time to positions, something isn’t right. My source claims, “He lies to kids all the time.”  I’m not sure that Harbaugh is any different than any other coach in this area, but I’m told it’s a big issue.  Remember what the players said when the 2018 season started?  “He’s different, he wants hugs.”  This is all the evidence you need to see that Harbaugh is not a players coach and that players aren’t zombies, they expect you to be honest and a man of your word.  Not an unrealistic expectation.  However, I don’t think Harbaugh is any less honest than Saban, Urban, Swinney, Brian Kelly, etc.  This is part of big time college athletics, I’m sure Harbaugh isn’t unique in misleading players.  Losing big games just magnifies it.

Zach Gentry is another issue, he came to Michigan to be a QB and although Harbaugh will send him to the NFL as a TE, he was told he was coming to Michigan to be a Quarterback.  It wasn’t an outright lie but Gentry decommitted from Texas to play QB for Harbaugh.  Gentry believes he could have played QB after Ruddock left and it’s hard to disagree that he wouldn’t have been better than Speight or O’Korn.

“Michigan didn’t play today, Florida played for Mullen,” according to my source.  Why?  Because Harbaugh is a “hammerhead and stuck in the 80’s offensively.”  It’s hard to disagree when you see such a poor offensive performance.

“Don Brown is a great recruiter but he’s simplistic.”  This is a true statement as Brown’s defenses are one dimensional and terrible against play-making QB’s.  I’m not sure how you fix this, but Brown has to be better in 2019.

My conversation wasn’t all negative, my source thinks Harbaugh can fix this but there has to be more honestly and less “do what you have to do” to recruit players.  The kids will still come because this is Michigan but they will also leave if they don’t believe the coaches (Harbaugh) are on the up and up.

On a side note, Gentry is leaving for the NFL, he got a grade from the NFL draft board and will bail.

I’m also told that Quinn Nordin has been kicked off the team.  Apparently he mother f**cked Harbaugh in practice and was immediately booted.  Insiders say Nordin is a bad guy on the team and off and it was a matter of time before he was shown the door.  It’s too bad as the kid has a rocket for a leg, but a pea for a brain.  No big loss.

I’ll have more information, I’m working on some other info but can’t confirm anything at this point.

It’s gonna be an interesting off-season.  Prediction, Pep will leave and Harbaugh will have an OC in 2019.

Aubrey Solomon Transfers, What’s Going On At Michigan?

This is a hard post to write because there are so many variables, but there is nothing out of the ordinary going on within the Michigan football program.  It’s difficult to explain but the Solomon situation is really nothing more than a kid who hates the cold weather and was extremely homesick.  I’m told he considered transferring out last year because of the cold but stuck it out one more year and with injuries had a miserable year in Ann Arbor and was just looking for a change.  He is very close to his mother and other family in Georgia and the pull of the peach state was too much for a kid who wasn’t buried on the depth chart and had a future.  I talked to a former player who claims “being away from home for the first time, with all the challenges of college football can be difficult, without injuries.”  He isn’t the first young player who just wanted to go back to familiar surroundings.  Trust me when I say Solomon needed to be closer to home.

The other big transfer is James Hudson, I’m told he simply thought he was ready to start and it didn’t happen fast enough, so he left.  “James thought he was the man but the coaches didn’t agree,” according to another high profile source around the program.  Sounds like a kid who thought he got passed over and wasn’t going to wait around another year to find out. He added, “the coaches aren’t playing around, this is college football in 2018.”

What is most concerning is the Michigan fans lack of stomach for big time cut throat football, roster churn can be part of the deal when you are trying to compete with the Alabama’s an Clemson’s of the world, clearing scholarships is the way it’s done and with some of the current transfers, that is exactly what happened.  When Harbaugh was hired I was told by a solid source and I’ve written about it in the past, if a player isn’t contributing as a freshman he is vulnerable to roster churn.  The only exception is Offensive Line where the goal is to almost ALWAYS red-shirt to gain weight and strength.  It’s the cold, hard reality of big time college football and you are starting to see the players get wise to it too.  That is why so many are unwilling to risk playing in a bowl game with nothing at stake.

In short, you have a short period of time to contribute or the school wants the scholarship back for the next great stud player.  The upside to transfers is Michigan has eight to ten scholarships remaining which makes it likely they can load up in 2019 with a full 30 scholarships.  It’s all about churning that roster to find contributors.  Even the best prospects can find themselves on the outside looking in, sadly players are like shiny new cars, their value drops the minute you drive them off the lot.

My source also claims “coaches do have their favorites, which can skew their view of any given player, no matter how highly they were recruited.”  I think anybody who has played organized sports know this happens on every team.  That is why Hudson likely left, he wasn’t a Warriner recruit and felt that he wasn’t gong to crack the rotation as he wasn’t a Warriner prototype.  They six OL recruits in 2019 are Warriner guys and are a different type of offensive lineman.  They are all highly athletic, long and can move.

It’s a new world in college football, coaches are smarter and more ruthless and players are smarter and more self aware, they know what is best for them and their careers.  This is why we are seeing many more high profile transfers.

Another interesting nugget came out of my conversation today, Harbaugh is not happy that players are skipping the bowl game, particularly an underclassman captain.  I’m told Harbaugh told each and every player that is skipping the bowl game that he is pissed, though he can never say it publicly.  As a matter of fact, Rashan Gary is already gone, he’s off campus and working out for the NFL.  Again, it’s a different world.

Cris Carter (URBY’S WATER BOY) Says Harbaugh Wants Out Of Michigan

Dumb, not true and easily dismiss-able.  What Chris Carter said this morning is reprehensible.  Given the fact that he talked to Urban Meyer the night before, you know where this came from.  I don’t think Meyer said it, I think Carter is claiming this as a defense mechanism against the potential negative recruiting that Ohio State will experience by some schools following Meyer’s departure.  If they are worried about negative recruiting, they should look east to Happy Valley as James Franklin is widely known as a negative recruiter, I do not hear the same about the Michigan staff on the recruiting trail.

The Harbaugh narrative has been put to rest, except for the NFL media who trot out the rumor whenever they don’t have anything else to talk about.  Harbaugh isn’t leaving Michigan, barring something extremely unforeseen, he’s said and demonstrated it since the day he arrived to rescue the Michigan program.  While he has returned Michigan to national prominence, he hasn’t finished the job, he knows that and will finish it.

There is a certain segment of the Michigan fan base that is short sighted and angry, but those feelings will fade as the bowl game approaches and fans get a load of a potentially game changing recruiting haul headed for Michigan in 2019.  The program has momentum.

Chris Carter really did himself a dis-service with these comments as 100% of the football world knows he made up and planted this story, trust me, his own colleagues are scratchng their heads, they know this was nothing more than an OSU alums attempt to change the narrative.  This is really damaging stuff for his brand, no he isn’t a journalist, but even as a talking head you MUST have some type of verifiable credibility and he doesn’t, at all.

Look, you are nuts if you think this will end well for Ryan Day.  If 12-1 isn’t enough to satisfy OSU fans, what do Ryan Day’s next few years look like?  How can he possible top what Urban did in Columbus?  This likely won’t end well for Day!

I personally think recruiting will be Day’s major issue, OSU folks act like Urby isn’t the best recruiter in college football, face it, Meyer could sell ice to an Eskimo.  He’s was an unparalleled recruiter.  Day will recruit well, it is still OSU, but he can’t match Meyer, no way.

Urban will coach again soon, this whole side show was Urban having a hissy fit over a perceived slight by OSU brass.  He believes the OSU brass threw him under the bus when they suspended him and this is a double FU to the people in charge at OSU.  Yes, I think he has a health issue, but I don’t think he had to retire, he wanted to leave.  In the end, it’s who Urban Meyer is, a slick salesman with a ridiculous ego.  It had to end this way.