Since he decided to return to his alma mater as its head coach, Jim Harbaugh has put up some serious numbers.
Michigan has gone 20-6 in its first two seasons with Harbaugh at the helm, and the Wolverines finished with a top-10 recruiting class in Harbaugh’s first two full recruiting cycles. Michigan finished No. 37 in the 2015 cycle, of which Harbaugh took over at the tail end.
However, it doesn’t appear the Michigan head coach is getting that much respect from his peers.
In a poll of the 130 FBS head coaches, conducted by CBS Sports, Harbaugh was voted the most overrated head coach in college football, receiving 13 percent of the vote. While 48 percent of the coaches chose not to answer, there was a three-way tie for second place between Alabama’s Nick Saban, FAU’s Lane Kiffin, and Illinois’ Lovie Smith, all of whom received nine percent.
There was another tie for third place, as Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, Texas’ Tom Herman, and South Carolina’s Will Muschamp all checked in at four percent.
CBS’ Dennis Dodd, Chip Patterson, and Barrett Sallee were the ones who spoke with each coach, and they collected a few opinions about how Saban simply has an unfair advantage, labeling the Crimson Tide as having a howitzer compared to every other team’s musket.
However, the harshest quote was directed at Muschamp.
“He’s been at a couple of Cadillacs, and he’s wrecked ’em. He keeps landing on his feet. … When you talk about the great ones, [Steve] Spurrier set the standard. I guess it’s because he gets away with a lot, too: On the sidelines, he does some crazy things. It’s like Charlie Weis, when he was at Notre Dame, he had to be the worst college head coach ever to keep getting on his feet. To me, when you’re given the keys to a Cadillac, you need to respond. Most coaches that become notable coaches, in their second or third year they won a national championship or at least came close.”
On the other end of the spectrum, though, they also voted on the game’s most underrated coaches. Leading the pack was Kansas State’s Bill Snyder (24 percent). Behind him, respectively, were Washington’s Chris Petersen (15 percent), Duke’s David Cutcliffe (10 percent), and Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo (10 percent).