You have to give credit where credit is due, and Jim Harbaugh did just that. Kind of.
In an interview with The Athletic's Tim Kawakami, the Michigan football head coach acknowledged recently retired head coach Urban Meyer's success at Ohio State, but snuck in a very real shot as well.
Harbaugh: "Urban Meyer's had a winning record. Really phenomenal record everywhere he's been. But also, controversy follows everywhere he's been." https://t.co/zFKSngtRMo— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) July 18, 2019
The comments follow Harbaugh's mention of Ohio State being the only Big Ten team that has a better record, both overall and in-conference, than Michigan since Harbaugh took over.
Last fall, Meyer was put on paid administrative leave following the investigation of ousted OSU assistant coach Zach Smith's past domestic violence incidents. Reports of Meyer knowing about the allegations surfaced, which led to the head coach being suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season.
Ohio State won the Big Ten in 2018 and finished the year 12-1 record; whether Meyer's three-game suspension was sufficient punishment or not, he was still able to lead the team to an outstanding record and go out on a positive note. All told, Harbaugh is surely ready to face an Ohio State team that's no longer led by a man that doesn't have three career national titles to his name.
Meyer retired as head coach after last season's Rose Bowl due to health reasons, while Harbaugh trudges on, working to improve Michigan's all-time series against Ohio State, which currently sits at 58-50-6 in favor of OSU.