Jim Harbaugh calls out ‘Pete’ Finebaum on Twitter for his ‘#AlternativeFacts’


It wouldn’t be the college football offseason without Jim Harbaugh engaging in a public Twitter feud.

On Thursday night, the Michigan coach called out ESPN and SEC Network analyst Paul Finebaum for using “#AlternativeFacts.”

“Pete Finebaum, the unabashed SEC water carrier, really needs to get his facts straight. #AlternativeFacts,” Harbaugh wrote.

Harbaugh called Finebaum “Pete” instead of “Paul,” though that may have been intentional.

Harbaugh’s shot was referencing Finebaum’s comments on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” on Wednesday that questioned his recruiting ethics. On Monday, Michael Johnson Sr., a former NFL and college assistant who also happens to be the father of top-ranked 2019 dual-threat quarterback Michael Johnson Jr., said he was joining the Michigan staff.

(On Friday, it was reported that he would be joining Oregon’s staff instead as wide receivers coach.)

“He’s an evil genius. I think he’s one of the smartest people I’ve run into in a long time. Most of what he’s done is just that: Genius … but this is wrong,” Finebaum said. “It may not be illegal by NCAA standards and bylaws as of this moment, but to me, it’s cheating. It’s blatantly disregarding the spirit of the NCAA rule. We all know why he’s doing it. This is the same person who, last year, accused Nick Saban of cheating and Hugh Freeze of cheating.

“I know he won’t be penalized for it, but he’s cheating. Why don’t we just face up to it? There’s no other reason why he would hire this man. It’s been done in the past. But it’s still wrong. I don’t know why the media celebrates Jim Harbaugh and doing things that are, in my mind, unethical.”

Harbaugh also brought on author John U. Bacon as a guest on Thursday’s edition of the “Paul Finebaum Show” to discuss Johnson’s hire. Bacon had discussed Harbaugh on “Outside the Lines” one day earlier.

Finebaum has been critical of Harbaugh on a number of occasions during his tenure as Michigan coach, which will be entering its third season this fall.

So far Finebaum has not publicly responded to Harbaugh’s tweet, though the official SEC Network Twitter account did with a GIF of Finebaum using a finger gun hand gesture.

SEC Network anchor Peter Burns, who sometimes fills in for Finebaum on the show, also made light of Harbaugh’s tweet.

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