landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
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.
Have known this for a few weeks but what better time than now?
Found this out through the Michigan Lacrosse schedule. They face Ohio State at Michigan Stadium on April 11th, a Saturday. That game will be Battle at The Big House IV which will happen after the spring game.
Interesting note: Harbaugh had drafts for his spring games at Stanford and played actual games. We have the depth to do that now.
Harbaugh played in spring games at Michigan, too.
1984 article: led the White to an 18-15 victory over the Blue in the White's first win since 1981. Harbaugh was 17-26 for 161 and one INT.
1985 article: Harbaugh was outstanding coming off of his broken arm he suffered during the 1984 season and was 10-16 for 146 yards and one TD along with one rushing TD. That year, he led the Blue to a 27-20 victory over the White.
I'm still looking for info on the 1986 spring game. It apparently was contested on 4/19/1986.
If you listen to the Jim Rome Show, you've probably heard this. Every year, Rome hosts the Smackoff, when familiar callers call in and rip on each other. In 1998, Baltimore Ravens QB Jim Harbaugh inexplicably decided to join them. So totally out of character. Here's his call.