Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has been sitting on a pretty warm seat for some time now.
Harbaugh, 57, hasn’t transformed Michigan football into the program many were expecting when he first took over in Ann Arbor. And we’ve heard for years now that the Wolverines might be interested in moving on from Harbaugh and replacing him with someone like Luke Fickell. But for now, Harbaugh remains Michigan’s head coach.
The Wolverines began the 2021 season on a positive note last weekend with a 47-14 victory over Western Michigan. They’ll look to move to 2-0 on Saturday night when they take on the Washington Huskies in Ann Arbor.
Harbaugh has high expectations for his team this season, regardless of how past seasons have panned out for the Wolverines.
“We haven’t reached the top of the mountain. That’s what we want to do, you want to get to the top,” Harbaugh said during a segment on ESPN’s College GameDay on Saturday.
“We haven’t reached the top of the mountain. That’s what we want to do, you want to get to the top.”
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 11, 2021
Getting to the “top of the mountain” is a bit ambitious. Maybe the Wolverines should focus on trying to win a Big Ten title before they try and win a championship.
Either way, this is a big year for Jim Harbaugh. His Wolverines need to exceed expectations and have a statement season. Based off their Week 1 performance, it’s plausible.
Harbaugh might have his best-ever quarterback situation. And we all know how far a team can go based solely on quarterback play.
Michigan takes on Washington tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.