Jim Harbaugh harming his chances

The tenure of Jim Harbaugh as the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines has been one marked by a perennial preseason excitement, and an equally reliable post-season disappointment.

Harbaugh’s squad suffered a lopsided loss at the hands of the Ohio State Buckeyes yesterday, sinking his career record against them to 0-5. The loss was emblematic of the ever-growing, non-traversable gulch between the two programs, and as Tony Pauline reported in his 3:40 live blog edit, some are growing weary of Harbaugh’s futile attempts to close the gap:

“I spoke with people who are close to the Michigan program but have no decision making power – they tell me there is no way the program keeps Jim Harbaugh around after today.

I speculated the name of Luke Fickell of Cincinnati as a replacement. People I’ve spoken with have also thrown out the name of Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham.”

Harbaugh has been respectable in some aspects of his role, but the University of Michigan has greater expectations than that. A change could be what the Wolverines need to get back on top, and both of the aforementioned candidates could benefit the maize and gold. Fickell’s Cincinnati squad is 10-2 after losing a close game to No. 17-ranked Memphis, while Whittingham’s Utes are legitimate playoff contenders at 11-1.