Jim Harbaugh didn’t take kindly to the officiating in the loss to Michigan State
ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines directs his team during warm ups to the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Michigan Wolverines shot themselves in the foot in perhaps the grandest way possible on Saturday. With that in mind and fully established, Jim Harbaugh didn’t exactly seem pleased with the way the game was officiated prior to the final collapse, and he was asked if he was “frustrated” with how the game was called. His answer? “Yeah, you could say that”.

Easily the most controversial call of the day came in the form of a targeting ejection for Joe Bolden that was widely recognized as a miserable decision by the officiating crew. Here is Harbaugh’s postgame response (h/t

“I tried to explain to (the official) that Bolden was pushed in the back. His explanation was that the review people saw it the same way (as they did on the field). Hard to fathom.”

“And the quarterback wasn’t even down on the ground. He’s straight up, tried to drop like a sack of potatoes. That was just one (I disagreed with). One of many.”

Harbaugh also went on to address a costly personal foul penalty against his team and various additional missteps along the way, while simultaneously acknowledging that the referees did not lose the game for Michigan. It is entirely possible that outsiders will see this as sour grapes, but Harbaugh isn’t exactly the whiny type in the public sphere and, well, the Wolverines played without a starting linebacker for much of the day after a horrid ejection call.

It happens.

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