Paul Finebaum leaves Michigan to sign Jim Harbaugh for extension

Paul Finebaum left Michigan to sign Jim Harbaugh to a five-year extension and thought it would end badly for the Wolverines.

Paul Finebaum likes Jim Harbaugh as much as an Ohio State fan.

The ESPN/SEC Network commentator began with the Michigan football coach on Thursday’s edition of Stand up and thought it was absurd that the university gave Harbaugh a renew five new years.

On Wednesday, Harbaugh signed a five-year extension after leading Michigan to the Big Ten championship and its first stop in the College Football Round. It also comes two weeks after Harbaugh interviewed the Vikings in Minnesota on National Signing Day.

Reports spread that Harbaugh would leave Michigan if the Vikings offered him the job. The offer never came so Harbaugh said he’d come back and finish the NFL courtship.

Paul Finebaum destroys Michigan for giving Jim Harbaugh a new deal

All of this led Finebaum to think that Harbaugh really didn’t want to be there and that it was an arranged marriage that would end.

It’s fair to say Harbaugh might not really want to be in Michigan because he was interviewing for a job with an NFL team on National Signing Day. If the Vikings offered him the job, he would be the Vikings head coach today and Michigan would have a new head coach, possibly former offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, who has since left. doing the same job in Miami after Harbaugh’s return.

But Michigan’s re-signing of Harbaugh to a five-year extension after guiding the team to the playoffs isn’t an absurd deal. This is how things work in college football. Harbaugh received more than $7 million a year during the term of his five-year contract, which is what he received before his pay cut last year. Harbaugh’s extension is fair to both parties and it will provide some security and help his recruitment efforts with the belief that he will be there for the foreseeable future.

Jim Harbaugh and Paul Finebaum have never seen each other’s eyes

Aside from fans of Ohio State and Michigan, perhaps there is no greater critic of Harbaugh than Finebaum and people have taken notice.

The replies to the tweet criticizing Finebaum left many wondering what Harbaugh had done to him to deserve such contempt.

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John Verrall

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