Jim Harbaugh‘s time unemployed did not last a full 24 hours. According to multiple reports Monday morning, in addition to the countless reports in the past few weeks suggesting it was inevitable to happen, Harbaugh will be the new head coach of the Michigan Wolverines. A deal is in place between Harbaugh and Michigan according to reports by Adam Schefter of ESPN and NFL.com and more.
A press conference to formally introduce Harbaugh as Michigan’s new head coach is expected to take place Tuesday, and rumors of a public appearance by the new football coach at a basketball game in Ann Arbor have been alive for a few days now. If he knows what he is doing, and odds are he will, Harbaugh will announce to the Michigan faithful at the basketball game how many days until The Game with Ohio State and echo a sentiment Jim Tressel once did in Columbus, telling the fans how proud of their football team they will be.
The reaction to Harbaugh to Michigan and the Big Ten is already running wild with optimism and praise. Time will tell if Harbaugh is able to succeed at Michigan where his predecessor Brady Hoke failed. Hoke’s biggest flaws were an inability to beat Michigan’s biggest rivals and develop talent. Harbaugh has a knack for stepping up against rivals if his time at Stanford is any indication.
At Stanford, Harbaugh went 29-21 and took the Cardinal to the Orange Bowl. He built the program and set it on a path to routinely contend for the Pac-12 title, which the Cardinal have done aside from the 2014 season. Stanford won four games in Harbaugh’s first year but showed improvement each season. After a 12-1 record and Orange Bowl victory, Harbaugh was off to the NFL to coach the San Francisco 49ers.
Michigan has been trending downward, but Harbaugh should reverse that trend in quick fashion. The talent is there for Michigan to go to a bowl game in 2015, and it may not take long for te Wolverines to bounce back to contending for Big Ten titles.