Jim Harbaugh has faced a lot of backlash (and a hefty fine) after his comments on Saturday criticizing the refs following Michigan’s loss to Ohio State. And he now has a new critic, someone who wants to let Harbaugh know exactly how he feels. It is none other than Fox Sports’ Mike Pereira.
The former NFL vice president of officiating hosted a Facebook Live show on Sunday and didn’t hold back when describing his feelings about the Michigan head coach.
“I think you are an unbelievably great coach, but let’s show a little class here, let’s show a little class and not pin it on a group that I don’t think deserves it.
“Were there a couple of questionable calls? There always is; there was a clearly missed defensive hold called early. But to say that it was the officials and how bitterly disappointed you are in the officials — look in the mirror sometimes before you do that. … Look at the own mistakes that your team made.”
Pereira brings up a couple of salient points, though whenever anyone brings up class it does seem to elicit an immediate eye roll from me. While Harbaugh is a part-time nut job who probably should be brought down a couple of pegs, Pereira should admire his openness with the media. After all, it gives him more to talk about… which is exactly what he did Tuesday.
Even days after the final whistle, the Ohio State-Michigan game is still being discussed. It is one of the finest games of the year and one of the best iterations of The Game ever. While his team didn’t come out victorious, Harbaugh shouldn’t be ashamed of his actions. In fact it just adds another layer to an already sensational rivalry.