Acting Head Coach Sherrone Moore Steps into Jim Harbaugh’s Shoes, Fires up J.J. McCarthy with Pregame Ritual before Kickoff

Published 11/12/2023, 8:07 AM EST

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Michigan was in for a shock as the Big Ten’s decision loomed large on their beloved head coach, catching the team off guard while en route to Pennsylvania. Many learned of the suspension upon landing, sarcastically labeling the timing as “terrific.” The Wolverines would have to take on Penn State without the presence of their head coach. 

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As the team’s legal team crafted their response, defensive lineman Kris Jenkins sparked a social media trend by dropping a single-word bomb: “Bet.” This message was echoed by university president Santa Ono and former quarterback Tom Brady and was supported by numerous others who detested both the timing and the decision itself. The hour was tense, but Michigan ought to deliver. Acting head coach Sherrone Moore is set to lead the team against State and was caught firing up his men during the final minutes before the commencement of Michigan’s biggest challenge. 

Acting HC Moore fires up Michigan 

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Michigan’s coaching landscape shifted due to NCAA rule violations, prompting head coach Jim Harbaugh’s three-game suspension and the sidelining of offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore for the season opener. As game time neared at Beaver Stadium, University Park, Moore took over the pre-game rituals to fire up his players. He reportedly “pounded on J.J. McCarthy’s shoulder pads and back to fire him up,” an antic ritualistically performed by Harbaugh. Even the NFL fans accumulated at the stadium chanted in unison against the suspension verdict-  Where is Harbaugh?” 

Jesse Minter, the defensive coordinator, will assume the role of head coach for the season’s opening game. Meanwhile, other assistants, like Jay Harbaugh, who serves as the special teams coordinator, and Mike Hart, the running backs coach, will undertake leadership responsibilities during Harbaugh’s suspension. The coaching staff reshuffled roles, aiming to ensure a united front for the Wolverines and navigate potential NCAA sanctions. The challenge now falls on Moore to step into the leadership role.

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Sherrone Moore breaks down

Michigan Wolverines’ offensive coordinator, Sherrone Moore, took the helm as acting head coach, leading the team to a victory against the Penn State Nittany Lions. During the post-game interview, the emotional 37-year-old Moore expressed heartfelt gratitude towards the absent head coach, Jim Harbaugh, dedicating the win to him. “I want to thank Coach Harbaugh,” Moore said. “I f-king love you man. I love the s-t out of you, man. I did this for you,” Moore wept before continuing to express his gratitude to the university and above all his mighty players, “We got the best players, best university, best alumni in the country. Love you guys, these f-king guys right here. These guys did it.” 

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Moore’s passionate address also acknowledged the team’s outstanding performance and the strength of the university and its community. As Harbaugh prepares to fight back his three-game sideline suspension due to NCAA recruiting violations, Moore prepares to lead the team to success in his absence. Will the Wolverines bag a playoff spot without Harbaugh? Let us know in the comments below. 

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