The Michigan Wolverines, once a proud football team, with a historic amount of wins and respect attributed to them, are now coachless, having axed Brady Hoke. Hoke’s tenure was respectable throughout his first few seasons, but grew progressively worse.
Michigan finished 5-7 this season, missed a bowl game, and failed to beat Ohio State and Michigan State for the second straight year. The Wolverines have a bit of a tarnished reputation now; nobody respects them as the powerhouse they once were.
If Michigan wishes to restore and revitalize its program, a fiery, knowledgeable coach must be summoned. As everyone already knows, the San Francisco 49ers’ head coach, Jim Harbaugh, is a hot candidate on everyone’s wish list. The Wolverines need to retrieve Harbaugh; he’d turn Michigan around in a year. Guaranteed.
Harbaugh turned the university of Stanford into a powerhouse, leaving them with a top-five ranking and an Orange Bowl victory his final year. He turned them into fierce competitors, and a program worthy of national attention. Stanford wouldn’t have been marked on the maps with such confidence had it not been for Harbaugh.
And he turned that quick success in on a national level with the 49ers, granting them three NFC Championships in three years — and a near Super Bowl victory.
Simply put: Harbaugh is what Michigan badly craves: a fierce competitor with an excellent football mind, and the drive to push a team forward. Michigan would be propelled into the top-five under Harbaugh’s reigns in no time. To make matters more interesting, Harbaugh is a Michigan graduate; he’d definitely instill the passion and fire this program has desperately lacked the past few years. He’d definitely give more than his all due to a stemming respect within him. Harbaugh would be the one man Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio would fear tremendously. He’s a coach that yields respect no matter where he goes.
Surely, Michigan’s former recruits aren’t Harbaugh-esque by any means, but he’d still turn them into manageable, competitive players with his brilliance and ferocity. It’d only be a matter of time until Harbaugh garnished the players he’d want to run his system.
Harbaugh is also a wonderful quarterback guru — something Michigan hasn’t had in quite a while. He impacted current Indianapolis star Andrew Luck a lot, resurrected current Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith’s career, and tailored current 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick into a lethal threat. He would certainly groom many fine Michigan quarterbacks to lead this program back to success.
It’s time that Michigan puts Michigan State back in their place as the little brother; it’s time Urban Meyer learns that he doesn’t dictate the Big Ten; it’s time that Michigan returns to its glory days.
Bring Harbaugh in, give him a fat contract, and watch Michigan football blossom into a beauty again. There’s no such thing as overpaying a great coach and former alumni as Harbaugh; especially when Michigan knows he’ll front the program well and turn revitalize their program.
Michigan can’t afford to go with the little guys like Hoke and others anymore; it’s time they bring in a big name, with a big spirit, for a big program.