In the sports world, we live in a “win now” culture. Coaches jobs are never safe, as it seems like they coach for their job on a year-to-year basis.
Just because a coach has had past success, doesn’t mean their job is safe if they happen to have a bad year.
However, it’s different for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan. No matter what happens, his job will always be safe. The fans and the media can get as angry as they want, as they were last year after an 8-5 season.
But the reality is, if Jim Harbaugh ever leaves, it will be on his own terms. Here’s why Harbaugh will never have to worry about being on a hot seat at Michigan.
UM Has Suffered Enough
When Jim Harbaugh accepted the Michigan job in December of 2014, the program knew they found their guy. Before Harbaugh’s first season, the Wolverines’ football program had been through some of their worst lows in their history.
From 2008-2014, in the “Rich-Rod, Hoke” era, Michigan compiled a miserable 46-42 record. They needed someone to bring them back from the dead. Harbaugh is believed to be the guy that will do that.
Unlike Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke, Harbaugh has the pedigree and the support of the program to be around for a long time. Rodriguez never had the support of the alumni to build anything at Michigan. And while Hoke got off to a good start, he didn’t have an incredibly impressive background, and fell out of favor quickly.
Rodriguez was fired after three seasons after going 15-22. Hoke was gone after four years, while having a record of 31-20.
Jim Harbaugh is 28-11 in his first three seasons. However, a lot of fans seemed to go into panic mode after Michgan finished 8-5 in 2017, despite being one of the youngest teams in college football. People seem to have forgotten that Harbaugh won 10 games each in his first two seasons, and had them competing for a final four spot in 2016.
Oh and by the way, Jim Harbaugh has also been to a Super Bowl.
An 8-5 season isn’t up to standards by any means, but any thought of Jim Harbaugh being on the hot seat or coaching for his job, is a complete joke.
Michigan is going to let Harbaugh stay as long as he wants to stay. Everyone around the university wanted him at Michigan, and there is no way Warde Manuel would ever think about parting ways with him after one mediocre season.
The worst-case scenario is that maybe Michigan never gets to the top. Maybe at that point, Harbaugh leaves the program and returns to the NFL. But that will be his decision, on his own terms.
Michigan Will Never Run Him Out
Jim Harbaugh is one of the best coaches in the country, and his track record backs that up. There is a zero percent chance that Michigan runs him out at any point.
He was brought in to bring Michigan a national championship. No matter how long that may take, Michigan is going to choose Harbaugh to try to deliver that.
I’m sure the Wolverines will take their chances with the guy everyone wanted in Ann Arbor to begin with.