Jim Harbaugh’s tenure with the San Francisco 49ers ended abruptly last season, and it was a bit of a disappointment to quite a few fans and players out there. Fortunately for the Michigan Wolverines, his number one desire was to return to the college where he played his college football and he didn’t weigh any other options after the job was offered to him.
Harbaugh talked about how important turning the Michigan football program around is for him and how seriously he is taking this task.
“I have to do a good job, this is personal, it’s more than personal,” Harbaugh said. “I grew up there, went to school there in college and I’m back coaching. I can’t screw it up. I have to do good. That’s the way we’re approaching things and I’m proud to report that things are going well.”
Not considering any other options proves just how much he wanted the Michigan job.
There were quite a few very lucrative NFL positions open, and he was expected to be offered the Chicago Bears head coaching job at one point. Obviously, he didn’t allow that to happen and ended up agreeing to a deal with the Wolverines in late December.
Looking ahead at the upcoming season for Michigan, there is some room for improvement.
The Wolverines finished last season at 5-7 on the year and were 3-5 in Big Ten play. That won’t get the job done from this point forward and simply bringing in a good coach that is known for motivating his players and getting the most out of them should earn them another win or two.
Michigan has some talent on their roster, but it will take a couple recruiting classes before they are truly back on the map. Harbaugh’s reputation and personality should certainly help in that regard.
All of that being said, expect to see Harbaugh get the Michigan program turned around fairly quickly. He has been working very hard since joining the Wolverines and these quotes prove just how passionate he is about his new task.
Michigan made the right move by bringing him on board. It will be entertaining to watch them take big leaps forward over the next few seasons.
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