Can we all take a moment to appreciate that if reports from yesterday are correct, what you are seeing in this gif is actually happening right now.
On a side note, although I have seen this gif maybe a million times starting from about a month ago, I've never actually found out where it's from. Does anyone know who originally made it or where it originally appeared? This person deserves a medal.
The one board, forum or diary topic I haven't seen is really quite simple: "Thank you, Jim." Lots of "thank yous" for Jim Hackett (well deserved) and a few others, but none that I can find for ol' #4 himself.
Our new head football coach certainly had other options open to him. Returning to Michigan may or may not have been his first choice. Nevertheless, here we are.
Some of the Edge of the Internet posts have suggested that it was the "overwhelming" support and love shown by the MGoCommunity that "surprised" him and contributed mightily to his decision to leave the NFL behind, at least for now, and return to Michigan.
Frankly, this outpouring of affection doesn't surprise me. I was fortunate enough to see his last game at Michigan Stadium in 1986. Anyone who ever watched him play all those years ago knew we had someone special at quarterback. We lost that game, of course, but his "guaranteed" win the following week is the stuff of legend and sent him out a champion in all of the ways one can be.
Thank you, Jim. Your return to the University of Michigan that so many of us love and cherish means more than you will ever know.
No surprise here as there was no smoke around Fangio to Michigan, as I am sure Harbaugh broached the subject with Fangio at some point along the way but reports indicate Fangio will remain in NFL and try for 49ers job where he and the DL coach are 2 front runners.
For those not familiar Fangio is a 30 year NFL coach who went to Stanford for 1 year in 2010 and turned Stanford's D on its head overnight. Stanfords first 3 years of D were.... challenged. Then followed Jim back to the NFL and has run the 49ers elite D for 4 years.
Would have been a coup for Fangio to follow Jim here but aside from that 1 year at Stanford he has been a NFL guy his whole career. Different pros and cons between him and Durkin. Both will probably be HCs within 3 years somewhere.