Joel Klatt Declares Best Michigan Coach Post-Harbaugh

Revitalizing Michigan's Football Legacy: Harbaugh's Era.

by Faizan Chaudhary
Joel Klatt Declares Best Michigan Coach Post-Harbaugh
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Jim Harbaugh's departure from Ann Arbor marks the end of an illustrious nine-season tenure with the Michigan Wolverines, a journey that saw him fulfill a dream by winning a national championship. But does this achievement elevate him to the status of the program's greatest coach? CFB analyst Joel Klatt, on his show 'The Joel Klatt Show', sheds light on this debate by comparing Harbaugh's legacy with past Michigan coaching legends like Bo Schembechler, Lloyd Carr, and Fielding Yost.

Klatt points out that, unlike Schembechler, Harbaugh clinched a national championship, joining the ranks of Yost and Carr. However, it's Harbaugh's feat of leading the team to a pristine 15-0 record in the modern era of college football that sets him apart, argues Klatt.

Harbaugh's Historic Reign

The modern era, with its intense competition and high stakes, makes Harbaugh's accomplishment of an undefeated national championship season, culminating in a victory over Alabama in the Rose Bowl, a noteworthy achievement.

This, according to Klatt, cements Harbaugh's legacy as a Michigan legend and arguably the greatest coach in the program's history. Fielding Yost's tenure from 1901 to 1923, with six national championships, is monumental. Yet, it's Harbaugh's role in rejuvenating the Wolverines in contemporary times that stands out.

Before Harbaugh's arrival, the team under Brady Hoke (2011-2014) was considered mediocre. Harbaugh not only reversed this trend but also led the team to three consecutive Big Ten championships from 2021 to 2023, culminating his stint with a national championship.

At 60, Harbaugh leaves behind a heightened set of expectations for his successor, Sherrone Moore, recently named the new coach. Harbaugh's impact extends beyond collegiate football; his next venture in the NFL is eagerly anticipated.

Having previously coached the San Francisco 49ers (2011-2014), including a Super Bowl XLVII appearance, Harbaugh's sights are now set on adding a Super Bowl trophy to his impressive list of accolades.