Sherrone Moore has yet to have been hired by Michigan football as the replacement for legendary coach Jim Harbaugh, but it’s a seeming formality, all but a forgone conclusion at this point.
There will likely not be a national search as there has been in the past as the Wolverines go back to what worked before: elevating the heir apparent. Such was the case for Bo Schembechler and Gary Moeller and eventually Lloyd Carr.
Assuming everything goes as planned (Michigan has to wait to announce Moore for seven-to-10 days as it requires the job to be posted publicly due to it being a university position), Moore will be announced, and then he’ll go to work.
According to Maize & Blue Review’s Josh Henschke, not only is Moore planning on increasing the size and scope of the recruiting department, he’ll also address the ever-changing landscape created by name, image, and likeness.
There are some obvious blindspots from all levels at Michigan when it comes to NIL. Sherrone Moore should inject some energy and enthusiasm into it. Being visible, as a coach, is such an easy way to raise funds. No-brainer move.
— Josh Henschke (@JoshHenschke) January 25, 2024
Harbaugh wasn’t completely hands-off in terms of recruiting, but he was more of a closer than anything. Moore, however, has been a voracious recruiter ever since he arrived in Ann Arbor in 2018, having brought in five-stars such as Daxton Hill and J.J. McCarthy. With Moore in charge, it would make sense that Michigan would then become much more aggressive in attempting to lure top prospects to the program, while also continuing to search for underrecruited prospects as those who have helped lead the team in recent years (such as Mike Sainristil, Hassan Haskins, Ronnie Bell, and Kwity Paye).
That would be a welcome change from what we’ve seen of late. Harbaugh was gung-ho when he first arrived on campus, from satellite camps to sleepovers with top recruits. It worked, but as the years went by, he was more of a bystander compared to some other head coaches. If Moore takes the helm, that should change dramatically.
And this proves that.