Jim Harbaugh’s latest tactic.. pic.twitter.com/Qm9Ir1vIrT
— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) February 15, 2017
I’m pretty sure Jim Harbaugh and Paul Finebaum won’t be enjoying dinner together anytime soon.
Thursday, the Michigan head coach took to Twitter, referring to Finebaum as “Pete” after the usually critical ESPN talking head called Harbaugh an ‘evil genius’ while alluding to his tactics, namely the Rome trip as ‘cheating’.
Via the Detroit Free Press:
“He is an evil genius. I think he‘s one of the smartest people I’ve run into in a long time. Most of what he has done is exactly that, genius. He’s going to Rome, I think that’s a wonderful thing to do. What it has to do with football, I’m not sure. But his players get something out of it. But this is wrong. 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, he accused Hugh Freeze of cheating and in my mind, and I know you can’t prove it and he won’t be penalized for it, 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 for disregarding the NCAA rule book and doing things in my mind are unethical.”
Harbaugh’s response was typical Jim Harbaugh:
Pete Finebaum, the unabashed SEC water carrier, really needs to get his facts straight. #AlternativeFacts
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 17, 2017
First I’m not sure how Harbaugh hiring a dad of one of his players constitutes as cheating considering this was the first time he’s done it with Michigan and it’s something college coaches tend to do all the time.
However the Rome thing has really got me baffled.
Again, how is this cheating? It’s nothing more than a tactic that any major school out there can employ in order to attract recruits. Are any of these SEC schools who funnel money in from boosters really that handcuffed to pull off the same type of trip? I highly doubt it.