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Harbaugh takes Trump comparison as compliment

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
University of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh

Detroit — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh laughed heartily Thursday when he was asked about being called "The Donald Trump of college football."

Harbaugh was asked about the comparison before speaking to Detroit high school coaches at the Horatio Williams Foundation function.

"The one thing I do like about Donald Trump, he's not afraid to fight the establishment," Harbaugh said.  "In that regard I will take that as a compliment."

Paul Finebaum, the popular SEC Network radio host earlier this year dubbed Harbaugh the Donald Trump of college football several months ago.

He likened Harbaugh to Trump in the sense both, for a variety of reasons, move the needle and generate conversation while both appearing unfazed and almost emboldened by criticism.

Finebaum: Harbaugh has 'hijacked college football'

"I meant that as a complete and total compliment,” Finebaum told The News several weeks ago, referring to the Trump-Harbaugh comparison. “Some took it differently. My point being, here’s a guy, no matter what you say about him or throw at him, he wins. It just doesn’t matter."

Since then, however, Finebaum has been less complimentary of Harbaugh particularly in light of the recent vote to ban satellite camps.

Finebaum said Tuesday that “Jim Harbaugh has hijacked college football” and has gone from being the most entertaining coach in college football to the “most annoying.”