Michigan football is looking to improve upon their season last year, they finished 5-7 overall and 3-5 in the Big Ten. Their 2015-2016 season will begin on Sep. 3 against Utah, who they lost to 26-10 last season.
This will be Jim Harbaugh’s first season as the head coach for the Blue and he is hoping that he can lead his alma mater to a winning season and possibly more. Previous to Michigan, Harbaugh was the head coach for San Diego, Stanford, and the San Francisco 49ers.
Harbaugh met with the media at the 2015 Big Ten media days today in Chicago and he had quite a bit to say about his team, being back at Michigan, and even had some jokes.
The former Wolverine is back in the Big Ten for the first time since he was a player and it is creating a lot of buzz. Harbaugh however says this was never his intention. He doesn’t want to create buzz or be popular he is just there to coach some football.
He is excited to be back in the conference though saying he has “a lot of friends in the Big Ten Conference.”
Not only is he ready to be back in the Big Ten, he is also happy to be back at Michigan. Even though attendance at Michigan been lower the last few seasons, Harbaugh is not worried about the Blue fanbase.
“The spirit and energy has been tremendous. I think everybody involved in Michigan and Michigan football is hungry for the 2015 season including the fan base.”
Michigan takes on their rival, Ohio State, on Nov. 28 at home. Harbaugh was asked if he had any special names for the Buckeyes. He laughed as he said no, he just called them Ohio State.
When it comes to his football team, Harbaugh recognizes that it is different from last season but that the team is “coming along.”
Michigan football will be devoting a lot of time to special teams this season, according to Harbaugh. This is thanks to special teams coordinator, John Baxter, who Harbaugh calls a very knowledgeable coach.
The Wolverines have many options when it comes to the running back position. The staff is hoping that someone will come forward and prove themselves early during the fall camp.
Michigan may have some work to do to prepare for the upcoming season but Harbaugh is ready to get started.
“This is the beginning, the training camp, the rebirth of football, rebirth of the season and you watch and you observe.”
After all the talk about his team Harbaugh was asked about how he was feeling about the upcoming season. “As excited as I’ve ever been for the start of football season,” he says.
Although when asked why he jokes that he says the same thing before every season.
So at least we know Harbaugh is relaxed about the upcoming season, but things may change as Sep. 3 approaches. Either way people are anxious to see how the former Michigan great will prove himself at there as a coach.
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