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Jim Harbaugh leaves for NFL, Michigan head coach news: Coaching carousel, candidates from Michigan insiders

Jim Harbaugh is making his return to the NFL after nine years at Michigan, taking the job as the Chargers coach earlier this week. The Wolverines are coming off their first national championship since 1997, but Harbaugh will now resume his chase for an elusive Super Bowl title. He played for the Chargers during the 1999-2000 season before retiring and will be the first former Chargers player to return to the team as head coach. Meanwhile, Michigan is the first school tasked with replacing a head coach after winning a title in 26 seasons.

Wolverines offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore filled in for Harbaugh during the final three games of the regular season when he was suspended by the Big Ten. According to our insiders, Moore is a heavy favorite to get the job. Moore was the acting head coach for four games during the 2023 season while Harbaugh served two suspensions. Check out the latest Michigan coaching search news. If you love the Wolverines, or just want to know more about the Michigan coaching search, be sure to see what the proven team of insiders are saying at The Michigan Insider, the 247Sports site that covers Michigan.

The team at The Michigan Insider is providing on-the-ground updates on every development in the football coaching search, including insights from Sam Webb, Steve Lorenz, Zach Shaw and Alejandro Zuniga. The unrivaled insider team has the latest Michigan recruiting news and the inside scoop on the Michigan coaching search. And right now, The Michigan Insider is offering 60% off annual subscriptions*, so now is the time to sign up.

The team at The Michigan Insider already has a checklist for the Wolverines to accomplish and what steps the school needs to take now. Head to The Michigan Insider now to see the latest news.

Top Michigan head coaching candidate

Wolverines offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore is the heavy favorite to replace Harbaugh as the next Michigan head coach. The transfer portal re-opens for 30 days for all Michigan players due to Harbaugh’s departure, so hiring from within can mitigate roster losses. Moore was a finalist for the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach after serving as the acting head coach for four games during the regular season.

His stint included wins over Penn State, Maryland and Ohio State to lead the team to the Big Ten title game. Moore does not have any experience as a head coach, but has passed his tests as an assistant coach with flying colors. He was the first name to emerge when rumors of Harbaugh heading to the NFL popped up in the last few weeks. See more information about the coaching search, plus how Michigan football recruiting will be affected, at The Michigan Insider.

How to get insider Michigan coaching search updates 

The Michigan Insider also has a checklist for Michigan to accomplish with Harbaugh off to the NFL, including potentially making a call to a defensive coordinator at another school. See who it is at The Michigan Insider.

What does Michigan need to do in the coming days, and which defensive coordinator does it need to reach out to? How will Michigan football recruiting be impacted? Get the latest at The Michigan Insider, all from a team of reporters with decades of experience covering the Wolverines, and find out. As a reminder, The Michigan Insider is offering 60% off an annual VIP membership as a coaching search special, so subscribe now before it’s too late.

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