There is no truth to the rumors that Jim Harbaugh is “burned out” or that the program is lacking leadership. Look, Harbaugh didn’t all of a sudden forget how to run a football program, he didn’t all of a sudden forget how to put together a coaching staff, and he certainly didn’t suddenly run out of steam.
This is simply what happens when you don’t win enough games, people talk and opponents look for an opportunity to take shots at your program.
@gregghenson some supposedly “connected” poster on Rivals apparently put some long post up that there is a negative atmosphere in the program, lack of leadership and the like. I tend to think this is a guy looking for followers. Have you heard anything?
— Adam DiBartolomeo (@adamdibart) January 10, 2018
I’ll admit, these rumors didn’t seem far-fetched to me, given that Harbaugh has been running a sprint since he set foot in Ann Arbor trying to revitalize a slumbering brand. So I made calls to my sources within the football program to check it out and I came up with zero evidence that the Michigan program has major issues.
Three separate sources inside and close to the program laughed at me when I asked them if the program is in disarray or if Harbaugh is “burned out.” The words Jim Harbaugh and “burn out” should never be used in the same sentence, according to one well-placed source.
While “disarray” and “burn out” aren’t evident, frustration is very apparent.
“There is no doubt that Coach is not happy with the results and will take whatever measures are necessary to fix it,” was the answer when I asked if the program was lacking leadership.
This reply is a quote from one of my sources who has been most realistic about the program since Harbaugh took over three years ago. He isn’t the type to blow smoke or predict sunshine.
Some insiders have opined that Harbaugh looked “disconnected” and “disinterested” on the sideline this year, as opposed to his first two years as coach. That may be true, but it also doesn’t indicate there is anything wrong in the program.
Some close to the program think it’s a twofold evolution. One, Harbaugh is learning from his mistakes – think throwing a clipboard at Ohio State. Two, he understood his team was young and inexperienced and wasn’t going to put more pressure on them by raising the team’s profile in 2018. I tend to agree with this assessment and think you’ll see a different Harbaugh in 2018, but not one that will take dumb 15-yard penalties.
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