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Disappointed in Jim Harbaugh

Posted on: January 6, 2011 4:37 pm
When you're a cynic like me, and someone worth believing in finally comes along, it stings more than it should when that someone proves to be full of crap.

Jim Harbaugh is full of crap. And it stings. More than it should.

Here was a guy I believed in. Had he left Stanford for Florida, I'd have given the Gators a shot. Had he left for Michigan, I'd have rooted him on. Had he stayed at Stanford, I'd have applauded his loyalty and gumption.

But he's going to the NFL. To the Dolphins, according to a radio report in South Florida. He's grabbing the biggest buck he can find, which means he's nobody to believe in. He's just another greedy SOB. The world has lots of those. Now we get one more. Jim Harbaugh.

Depressing. I'm a college guy, so Harbaugh -- in college -- mattered to me. Now that he's become the latest college guy to bolt for the pro money, he doesn't matter to me. Not any more than any of those greedy SOB's matter to me.

As a college coach, he was a breath of fresh air. Cocky, smart, charismatic. A winner.

In the NFL, he'll be another suit on the sideline. That's his right. But it's my right to feel stung. And to wonder why I bother believing in any of these greedy sons of ...

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Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2011 10:49 pm

Disappointed in Jim Harbaugh


I wonder how long it would take you to bolt to ESPN if you were offered big money?  Get off your soapbox.

Since: Aug 11, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2011 10:29 pm

Disappointed in Jim Harbaugh

Geez, Doyle, strangely intense resentment much? See a therapist already.
Who are you to judge a guy for rising to a new career challenge? Does it have to be greed? Maybe he's a good guy making the decision to ensure the security of his family for generations to come.
You sound like a spurned lover, it's bizarre.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2011 9:50 pm

Disappointed in Jim Harbaugh

where are you basing your opinion off of? Seriously, get another job. 

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2011 9:30 pm

Disappointed in Jim Harbaugh

Coaching is a precarious and uncertain profession no matter how skilled you are.  As a result, coaches have to evaluate prospective jobs not only by how great their success can be but also how damaging failure would be.  If Harbaugh fails in the NFL - Miami or elsewhere - it will not seriously damage him professionally; he would still be able to get pertty much any available college job.  However, if he goes to Michigan - a job that he seems prefectly suited for - and fails, the damage to his career would be devestating.  If he ever coached again he'd probably have to start over at someplace like Arkansas-Little Rock and rebuild his reputation.  The professionally logical choice at this stage of his life is to take the NFL job and the money that comes with it.  If it doesn't work, he'll still have NCAA job security.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2011 9:13 pm

Disappointed in Jim Harbaugh

That's a rather limited view.
You can claim it's "Greed"......but I recall hearing for quite some time that Harbaugh wanted to be an NFL coach.  That was where he wanted to be, where he dreamed of being.....coaching at the highest level and wanting to win a Super Bowl.  So how is that greed?

I'd expect this type of post on the message board, but not from a paid contributor....."something is "wrong" and an individual is a horrible person because they are not meeting my expectations and desires".....that's essentially all this article is saying.

Here's another view.
A man is following his dream.  He's moving to the professional level.  He's chasing his brother who already has had success at that level.
Is he going to be paid handsomely to do that?  Yes, but why hold it against him.
Let's face it - Big time college football is just as cut-throat and filled with even more B.S. then the can hold you're romanticized view......but I'd imagine you can be burnt out quick having to walk that fine line between what's legal and what's not, recruiting wars, violations around every corner, etc. etc. and so forth.

Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2011 9:01 pm

Disappointed in Jim Harbaugh

Funny, but since I care very little about the NFL I feel about the same as Doyel does about this.  But I also can't fault Harbaugh.  Did he turn around and leave for greener pastures?  Sure.  Did he put up with the administration at Stanford that complained when he requested his own bathroom?  Certainly.  But did he leave Stanford in better shape that what he found it in? Absolutely.

It's a dog-eat-dog world out there ladies, and for every coach that gets hired there is usually one that gets fired.  Somebody wins in life and it's usually the Man.  So when the Man gets bent over to the tune of $8,000,000 a year, well, you can't help but snicker a little. 
Good luck coach Harbaugh!

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2011 8:53 pm

Disappointed in Jim Harbaugh

Doyel, when you turn down $7 to $8 million THEN you can talk about Harbaugh being a "greedy" SOB.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2011 8:47 pm

Disappointed in Jim Harbaugh

Another suit? Last I checked, Mike Nolan was fired, so the number of suits coaching in the NFL is zero.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2011 8:47 pm

Disappointed in Jim Harbaugh

Moneybags. Forget the entire contract.  Harbaugh will gross more in his first 6 months then 99 percent of families will in 30 years of full time work, and I'm including the husband and wife working.  He's going to make at least 6 million per season... 3 million every 6 months.  A family that grosses 100 grand per year husband and wife included takes 30 years to make in what Harbaugh will make in one offseason alone. The average U.S family grosses FAR LESS than 100 grand per year... For anybody to think he would turn that down... well I don't know what to say about this column

Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2011 8:33 pm

Disappointed in Jim Harbaugh

Honestly, you are criticizing a man for moving up? 

I personally don't like pro football.  I could watch college all day (actually I have done it, so I admit its more than "could" much to my wife's chagrin).  Don't know why I'm wired that way, but its true. 

Next point is, he should bolt to Florida because of all the money he will save in taxes alone.  I don't care how much the contract is, you end up making more in Florida.

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