When Jim Harbaugh agreed to become the head coach at the University of Michigan, the football team was coming off a disastrous 5-7 season which had much of the college football world calling the program a dumpster fire. Now, one year later and after a 41-7 trouncing of SEC East champion Florida, Harbaugh and the Wolverines are 10-3 and ready to take the next step.
According to ESPN writer Brian Bennett, Harbaugh was posing for pictures and shaking hands with fans when J. Ira Harris, a Michigan donor, spotted him and yelled.
“Ten! That was the promise”
Harbaugh acknowledged Harris and gave him a hug. Harris, of course, is the donor who gave $10 million in 2014 to have the Michigan head coaching position named after himself and his wife.
The Wolverines’ head coach realizes that 10-3 is not the ultimate goal, but he also realizes where the program was a year ago and how much this means to anyone involved with the Michigan program, including the fans.
“I’m sure that all people who like Michigan are really proud of the fellas and the way they played all year,” Harbaugh said. “They’re on the Michigan Man list. And we’re not saying this is the greatest year in the history of Michigan football. But this team acquitted themselves very well.”
As Harbaugh wrapped up his post-game duties on the field, he had one last message for those listening.
“Next year,” he said, “we go for the big one.”
What do you think Nation, will Harbaugh get Michigan to the next level in 2016 or will it take more time?