This should have been the smoothest summer of Jim Harbaugh’s entire stint as Michigan’s head football coach.
Despite starting last season unranked, the Wolverines blew out Ohio State, won their first Big Ten Championship since 2003 and made the College Football Playoff. It was a near-perfect campaign.
Butt then came the offseason.
Harbaugh did a weird dance with the NFL where he made it seem like he was definitely leaving, only to subsequently return when it came out pro teams didn’t actually want him. Understandably, that made some at Michigan feel like they’re second-best.
Then things got even worse this week.
On Friday it emerged that Detroit native and five-star quarterback Dante Moore had chosen to join Oregon instead of committing to his hometown Wolverines. This was the second time Michigan failed to nab a big-name quarterback, having already missed on C.J. Carr.
Fans were not happy:
There was one thing Michigan football *couldn’t* do coming off a Big Ten championship, and that was whiff on BOTH Dante Moore and CJ Carr. Big yikes.
— Derick Hutchinson (@Derick_Hutch) July 8, 2022
It’s official — 2023 in-state five-star QB Dante Moore has committed to Oregon over Michigan. The Wolverines have now missed out on both in-state five-star passers in 2023 and 2024.@berry_seth14 has more: https://t.co/q9lXel29v9
— Maize n Brew (@MaizenBrew) July 8, 2022
Michigan won the Big 10 and made the playoff last year and still failed to get in-state 5 star QBs Dante Moore and CJ Carr.
— CJ Adler (@cj_adler) July 8, 2022
Harbaugh should have built up some decent goodwill after last season’s successes, but somehow he has managed to squander it all away in speedy fashion.
Look, the man has his merits. The way he handled an ‘Urban Meyer Situation’ was undeniably admirable. He’s a fun guy and experienced a lot of success with the San Francisco 49ers. And he has been okay at Michigan.
He really underdelivers when the lights shine bright.
Look closer. https://t.co/v2epIhdkCq
— Game 7 (@game7__) July 9, 2022
Next season will be an interesting one for Harbaugh and the Wolverines.
Will they be able to build on last year’s momentum and become a consistent powerhouse in the Big Ten? Or was 2021 a fluke?
Time will tell.