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The Michigan Wolverines are expected to promote offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore to head coach following Jim Harbaugh’s departure.

After weeks of speculation, it was finally announced on Wednesday night that Harbaugh was leaving Ann Arbor to become the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers. 

Now, according to Brett McMurphy of Action Network, the Wolverines job is ‘99.9 per cent’ Sherrone’s and his ‘to lose’.

‘We are working quickly to hire the next head coach for the program and will do everything possible to keep this current staff and team together,’ Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said in a telling statement.

With Harbaugh serving two separate suspensions this past season, Michigan went 4-0 with Moore leading the team on game days. 

Michigan’s offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore is ‘expected to be named head coach’ following Jim Harbaugh’s departure to the Los Angeles Chargers

Sherrone Moore is expected to be named the new head coach of the Michigan Wolverines 

Moore went 4-0 as interim head coach when Jim Harbaugh was serving NCAA suspensions

Moore went 4-0 as interim head coach when Jim Harbaugh was serving NCAA suspensions

And those weren’t just any games. Moore was in charge when Michigan won at Penn State and against Ohio State to win the Big Ten East.

‘We’ve already seen it, right? You’ve already got a glimpse of the shining star that he is,’ Harbaugh said about Moore during the leadup to the national championship game against Washington earlier this month.

‘He’s just phenomenal, so smart, works so hard at it.’ 

The 37-year-old has never been a head coach. He joined Harbaugh’s staff in 2018 as tight ends coach on the recommendation of Dan Enos, who spent about six weeks after the 2017 season as a member of Harbaugh’s staff before bouncing to Alabama.

In 2021, the year Michigan bounced back from a terrible pandemic-shortened season that almost cost Harbaugh his job, Moore was promoted to offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator.

Michigan’s offensive line has been one of the best in the country since, the driving force behind a team that won three straight Big Ten titles and three games in a row against rival Ohio State.

Moore will replace Jim Harbaugh who agreed to become head coach of the LA Chargers

Moore will replace Jim Harbaugh who agreed to become head coach of the LA Chargers

Moore might seem to be the obvious choice, but Michigan – similar to Alabama – could tempt just about any coach in the country if it chooses to look outside.

For weeks while Kalen DeBoer led Washington to the national championship game and contract extension talks were tabled, there was speculation the South Dakota native would be an appealing possible replacement for Harbaugh. 

DeBoer, instead, became Nick Saban’s replacement at Alabama.

Jedd Fisch, who went from Arizona to Washington to replace DeBoer, might have been an interesting candidate for Michigan, too. Fisch worked for Harbaugh in 2015 and ’16 and just pulled off a remarkable rebuild in three seasons at Arizona.

But those moves also showed why it might be best for Michigan to stay in-house. A coaching change triggers the opening of a 30-day transfer portal window for players at the school with the vacancy.

Alabama, Washington and Arizona have all had key players jump in the portal as new staffs scramble to hold together rosters at a time when it is difficult to find quality replacements.

Keeping Moore and other members of the current staff, such as running backs coach Mike Hart and tight ends coach Grant Newsome, both former Michigan players, could help the Wolverines retain a roster that features numerous key contributors to the national-title run like star cornerback Will Johnson and defensive tackles Kenneth Grant and Mason Graham.

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