(photo courtesy of Bleacherreport)
If you have not been sleeping under a (big) rock the past month or so, you would know that Jim Harbaugh has signed on to be the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines. Harbaugh played at the University of Michigan from 1983 to 1986 where he threw a total of 31 touchdowns in that span. He was selected 26th overall in the 1987 NFL draft by the Chicago Bears. Jim spent six seasons there, and then moved on to the Colts, Ravens, Chargers, Lions and Panthers.
Harbaugh’s first college coaching experience was at San Diego, where he compiled a 29-6 record over three seasons. From there Harbaugh moved on to Stanford, where he went 29-21 over four seasons. His best year came in 2010, when his Stanford Cardinals finished 12-1 and won the 2011 Orange Bowl over Virginia Tech.
In 2011 Jim Harbaugh took over the San Francisco 49ers and amassed a 44-19-1 record in four seasons, making the playoffs three times and losing to the Baltimore Ravens in the 2012 Super Bowl.
Where does Harbaugh start?
Harbaugh’s first order of business will be to recruit players, since a handful have decommitted from Michigan due to a variety of different circumstances, but mostly because the team is not winning football games and it seems as if Michigan has lost that “powerhouse” title that they used to possess.
According to rivals.com, Michigan has only two players who have signed their “letter of intent” to play for the university in 2015, while four others have not signed as of yet. Currently, the 2016 Michigan class has three commits; all four star players. If all else fails for Harbaugh, he can try his best to talk to some players who have already committed to other schools and provoke them to come to Michigan, but that is probably a long shot right now.
Will Harbaugh eventually turn it around?
I have always been a fan of former players going back to coach at their alma mater because it is a special feeling for the players, staff and surely the fans of that university. I feel that this process will take some serious time to correct (two to three, maybe even four years), but Harbaugh will ultimately get it done and turn this Michigan team around to what it used to be. Jim is a tough gritty guy, who wants to win at all costs and his players will have to be that same way, if they want to play for him. As I mentioned earlier, this is a process that will take some time, so Michigan fans should not panic if the results are not there after the first season.
Ogi is a graduate of Humber College’s Sport Management program. He is the founder of Blago Blogger Sports.