On3: Michigan football’s Jim Harbaugh ‘stock on the rise’

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Oh, what a difference a year makes.

Last season, six games in (which ended up being Michigan football’s entire season) there were questions looming by the media punditry about how long Jim Harbaugh’s tenure would last. With one year remaining on his contract, many saw him as a dead man walking.

Fast forward to 2021, and the Wolverines are 6-0 for the first time since his second year with the program, 2016, and are likely to head into the Oct. 30 contest against Michigan State unblemished. Now, many who questioned Harbaugh’s coaching acumen are now putting him on lists saying his stock is up, and he’s starting to fall off hot seat lists.

From On3’s Matt Zenitz:

Jim Harbaugh, Michigan (seventh season)
After finishing last season 2-4, Michigan is 6-0 and ranked No. 8 heading into the second half of the season, which includes matchups against three Big Ten squads ranked in the top 10 (No. 10 Michigan State, No. 7 Penn State and No. 6 Ohio State).

Of course, much of that could change should Michigan lose all three of its big remaining games against the Spartans, Nittany Lions, and Buckeyes. But given that many thought bowl eligibility would be an accomplishment for this Wolverines team, not reaching nine or 10 wins would essentially be a disappointment for the maize and blue at this juncture.

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What J.J. McCarthy said in his first Michigan football press conference