Jim Harbaugh Won't Return According to BetOnline Football Analyst

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Oct/27/2023

The college football version of the Spygate saga continues to get crazier by the day.

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Not only does the NCAA have its hands all over Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines staff, now, the FBI is getting involved.

Former Florida State quarterback and BetOnline.ag football analyst Danny Kanell breaks it down and predicts Harbaugh's future in college football. Here's what he had to say:

"This Michigan story is so similar to the cheating scandal that rocked the MLB world when the Houston Astros were caught using technology to assist with sign stealing. Just like sign stealing has always been a part of the sport of baseball, it has been in football as well. But just like the Astros, what Michigan has done has taken it too far. I have never heard of any program going to these lengths to steal signals.

"Because this is unprecedented, I am not sure what the NCAA or the Big Ten will do for punishment. I do think it has to be severe enough to send a message that this type of behavior is unacceptable and can't happen again. My guess? A significant fine for the program. Forfeiture of wins. A suspension for Harbaugh. Loss of scholarships. Any or all of the above would not surprise me.

"I do not think Harbaugh will coach at Michigan next year. He has already been flirting with the NFL the last two offseasons, and I think he is fed up with the NCAA and the embarrassing suspension he went through the first three games of this season. This will be the last straw that pushes him back into the NFL as early as the 2024 NFL season."

Speaking of Michigan, the state showed up in a Top 10 study that BetOnline.ag executed for the second straight season that shows the most people from which states think their significant other watches too much football.

According to data collected by the sports betting website, West Virginia has the highest rate of complaints from people about their partner’s football viewing habits over any other state in the U.S.

The study was conducted by taking geotagged Twitter data from the last 30 days and seeing how many tweets contained words like “husband,” “wife,” or “partner” and also included phrases like “watches too much football” and “says I watch too much football.”

The study surveyed more than 190,000 tweets, with 76% of them coming from women.

As you can see from the map, West Virginia and Ohio, once again, are the top two states (the same study was done last year). And we have Michigan, which may be watching less football if Harbaugh departs and the program crumbles again (although the Lions are looking like a future bright spot), in the No. 7 spot.

Here are the Top 10 states with the highest "watch too much football" rates:

 

1. West Virginia

2. Ohio

3. Indiana

4. Texas

5. Iowa

6. Wisconsin

7. Michigan

8. Utah

9. Alabama

10. Pennsylvania

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