Michigan has its man.
Two days after Jim Harbaugh bolted for the NFL to lead the Los Angeles Chargers, the national champion Wolverines promoted offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Sherrone Moore to head coach, the school announced Friday.
Moore went unbeaten during the four games in which he replaced Harbaugh last season. Now, he replaces him as Michigan’s head coach on a full-time basis.
“I have been preparing my entire coaching career for this opportunity and I can’t think of a better place to be head coach than at the University of Michigan,” Moore said in a prepared statement. “We will do everything each day as a TEAM to continue the legacy of championship football that has been played at Michigan for the past 144 years.”
On the same day that Harbaugh took the Chargers’ head coaching job, Michigan’s All-America guard Zak Zinter tweeted: “No interviews needed. It’s Papa Moore’s time.”
And now, officially, it is.
“Sherrone has proven to be a great leader for our football program, especially the offensive line and players on the offensive side of the football,” said Warde Manuel, Michigan’s director of athletics. “He is a dynamic, fierce and competitive individual who gets the best out of the players he mentors. The players love playing for him and being with him in the building every day.
Manuel added: “Sherrone stepped up this fall and served as the interim head coach when the program and especially the team needed him. Sherrone handled that situation in a way that sealed my already-growing confidence in him. He didn’t make it about him, it was always about the team!”