Chargers Hire Jim Harbaugh, Michigan Drops 7 Word Message to Pay Tribute to Outgoing HC

Published 01/25/2024, 1:11 AM EST

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After much speculation and debate over Jim Harbaugh’s decision over the last few weeks, the cat is finally out of the bag! Harbaugh is leaving Michigan to join the Los Angeles Chargers as their new HC. As the news becomes official, the Wolverines sum up their appreciation for the outgoing HC with a sentimental adieu. 

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With Jim Harbaugh officially made the Chargers HC, the Wolverines are set to undergo a similar incident as the Alabama Crimson Tide. The future hangs in suspense as the transfer portal opens. But would Michigan fare better than their Rose Bowl opponent in retaining their players? 

Michigan waves Jim Harbaugh off with an emotional farewell post

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Jim Harbaugh’s decision to join the Chargers has left so many Michigan fans lamenting over the loss. Following his official declaration, the Michigan Wolverines official IG account posted a bittersweet video of the departing HC which is a compilation of his time in Michigan. The caption reads, “Thank you Coach Harbaugh and forever Go Blue.”

Jim Harbaugh may have left his alma mater and his successful stint as the Wolverines HC for the Chargers. But after playing there for four seasons from 1983 to 1986 and coaching them for the last nine seasons from 2015 to 2023 with three back-to-back Big Ten Championships, he still has a tie with the program despite his decision. He stated, “My love for Michigan, playing there and coming back to coach there, leaves a lasting impact. I’ll always be a loyal Wolverine.” 

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Michigan’s 30-day transfer portal opens

Recently, it was announced that once the former Michigan HC officially leaves the program, “Michigan players have 30 days to enter the transfer portal.” The next 30 days might make or break the Wolverines roster as some mandatory changes in the coaching staff are coming. Hopefully, Michigan will still be able to retain most of its players unlike what happened with Alabama losing several key players after Nick Saban’s retirement.

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One of the hopes that the fans of the National Champions carry with them is the potential replacement of Harbaugh with their OC Sherrone Moore who took the HC role during Harbaugh’s suspension in 2023. If that happens, perhaps the Wolverines will find some reason to remain at Ann Arbor in the top college football team given their OC’s familiarity and experience in Michigan.

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