Patterson: We're Expecting Too Much Of Harbaugh, Michigan

Michigan is an iconic brand with a big-name coach, Chip Patterson says, but it's living off reputation, not results 

Reiter Than You
September 27, 2019 - 8:49 am
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“What’s wrong with Michigan?”

That’s been a vexing question for the last decade and beyond, but especially this week after Michigan’s no-show against Wisconsin.

Well, college football writer Chip Patterson might have the answer.

“I think we’ve been expecting too much of Michigan,” Patterson said on Reiter Than You. “I think we hold Michigan in higher regard because of its history than what’s happened recently. I don’t think it’s just the Michigan offense. I look up and down that sideline, and I didn’t like the body language, I didn’t like the energy – and this is from an off week. You had an extra week to prepare for a massive game in Camp Randall against a Big Ten championship-contending program, and you came out flat. How does that even happen?

Michigan was utterly embarrassed in Madison last Saturday. The Wolverines allowed 359 rushing yards, trailed 35-0 in the third quarter and lost 35-14.

Apparently Urban Meyer wasn’t the one holding Michigan back in the Big Ten.

“No, Michigan has lost 14 of the last 15 to Ohio State, and it has not been a championship contender,” Patterson said. “But because Jim Harbaugh is a big name and Michigan is such an iconic brand, I think we’ve been expecting far more than what it’s been able to deliver on the field.”

That being said, Patterson believes Michigan will – and should – stick with Harbaugh.

“Yes, he is the right guy for Michigan in 2019,” he said. “Graduation rates are good, donations are good, revenues are good, season ticket sales are good, and most importantly – and this is something that I think myself and other Southeastern-based minds might not be able to fathom – zero scandal. I just think the University of Michigan leadership loves running a clean program that’s going to win most of its games, sell out the Big House and keep things moving. I just think they hold that zero scandal aspect of this in a much higher regard than what we’re used to in the Southeast.”

Click below to listen to Patterson’s interview in its entirety.