At Michigan, the Jim Harbaugh era is done. Sherrone Moore, welcome.
The program will be run full-time by the offensive coordinator who replaced Harbaugh for the final three games of the team’s ultimate national championship-winning campaign, the university said on Friday night.
As the Wolverines’ coach, Moore led them to victories over Penn State, Maryland, and Ohio State on the road and at home to secure the Big Ten East division.
Sherrone Moore signed a five-year contract for $6 million annually, with other incentive options provided the Wolverines maintain their level of success from the previous season.
At Moore’s inaugural press conference on Saturday, athletic director Warde Manuel stated that Jim had spoken extensively about Sherrone before, after, and during their chat on Wednesday, which truly helped him understand why they had selected him.
The decision was reached just two days after Harbaugh left to take the helm of the Los Angeles Chargers on a five-year contract that will allow him to try again for a Super Bowl championship.
At 37, Sherrone Moore is the youngest head football coach at Michigan in over 50 years, having replaced Bump Elliott, who took over at age 34 in 1959. Moore is also the first Black coach in Michigan football history.
In front of a gathering that included staff members, players from Michigan, administrators from the university, and members of the Board of Regents, Moore declared that he had spent his whole coaching career preparing for this opportunity, and he could not have thought of a better place to take advantage of it than the University of Michigan.
He continued by saying how much he cherished their home.
In a statement, Sherrone Moore stated that their standards would not alter and that they would work tirelessly every day as a TEAM to carry on the 144-year tradition of championship football at Michigan.
He went on to say that they will be a championship-caliber team that is intelligent, strong, dependable, unrelenting, and passionate about the game of football, the winged helmet, and each other.
Sherrone Moore clarified that they will keep achieving success in their communities, in the classroom, and off the field. He expressed his excitement about beginning to collaborate with their players, coaches, and staff in his new position.
Continuity is becoming more and more scarce in college football these days. Not only do coaches, players, and recruiters frequently change teams, but colleges also frequently transfer conferences.
Players who stayed in Ann Arbor for multiple years, including Mike Sainristil, Blake Corum, Michael Barrett, Trevor Keegan, and Zak Zinter, were among the reasons Michigan was able to win a national championship the previous season.
The most obvious question arises when collegiate teams attempt to replace great coaches who have been winning titles and competing regularly: How does the new coach perform better if everything is going almost perfectly under the previous one?
At Michigan, some things might be done “better” because of the way Harbaugh handled things, particularly in recruiting. That is Moore’s major opportunity.
While Moore was standing in for Harbaugh during the 2023 season while he served two separate bans for possible NCAA rules violations, Michigan went 4-0, including victories over Ohio State and Penn State.
Longtime Wolverines assistant football coach and staff member Fred Jackson, who is Black, stated, “It’s time.”
Director Warde Manuel’s Statement About Sherrone Moore
Although Warde Manuel acknowledged that they had not anticipated Sherrone to have a four-game tryout, he would also note that this is precisely what happened, and Sherrone aced the audition to land the post.
Manuel said he thought about other possibilities but didn’t interview any of them. Manuel interviewed Moore on Thursday and made the job offer on Friday. He declared that he would not lead anyone astray.