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Jim Harbaugh: Urban Meyer Had Winning Record, But 'Controversy Follows'

19 July 2019

MI head football coach Jim Harbaugh went on a podcast to discuss a wide range of topics and in the process took a dig at Ohio State's former head coach Urban Meyer.

Meyer retired with a 7-0 record against rival MI after a season in which he was suspended for three games for mishandling domestic abuse allegations against former receivers coach Zach Smith.

MI is 0-4 against Ohio State since Harbaugh arrived. A really phenomenal record everywhere he's been.

Meyer never won fewer than 10 games during his seven-year stint at Ohio State and won the national title in the 2014 season, the first year of the playoff. "Also, controversy follows everywhere he's been". Meyer received criticism for the string of player arrests during his six seasons at Florida, where 31 players were arrested for a variety of charges, ranging in seriousness. Meyer insisted he filled the proper paperwork and reported the incident to the athletic department at the time, then keeping Smith on staff. The Wolverines' losing streak against the Buckeyes stretches back to 2011.

"You welcome the accountability that all you can be judged on is your record", he said. What your record is within the conference (26-9). "I think you'll find Ohio State is the only team with a better record, a better conference record than us [since I've been there] and has a better head-to-head matchup with us". And what your record is head-to-head matchups with the other teams that you play.

Harbaugh has a 38-14 record since taking over at MI in 2015.

"Our goal, we have two: Win multiple championships and run a first-class program". That's what we aspire to.

Harbaugh is set to speak at Big Ten Media Days on Friday and will surely be asked to expand on his comments.

Or you can listen right here on WolverinesWire!

Jim Harbaugh: Urban Meyer Had Winning Record, But 'Controversy Follows'