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Blame Jim Harbaugh for Michigan football's purgatory. Here's why

ORLANDO – Michigan football is in purgatory. Good season followed by good season followed by down season followed by good season.

But never great.

Jim Harbaugh arrived five years ago and immediately gave U-M a jolt. He deserves credit for stabilizing the program.

Yet he was hired to win big. Until he finds and develops an elite quarterback, he won’t.

He’s tried everything else.

Harbaugh has changed defensive coordinators, defensive line coaches, offensive coordinators, quarterbacks coaches. He’s changed schemes and philosophies and the way he communicates with his players.

He’s gone from headline-making recruiting jaunts and firing lobs on Twitter to receding into the (relative) quiet inside Schembechler Hall.