Michigan coaching candidates: Sherrone Moore, Brian Kelly among top options if Jim Harbaugh departs for NFL

Should Michigan find itself in a position where it needs to execute a search to replace Jim Harbaugh, the school intends to cast a wide net. Well, that’s assuming it ultimately needs to replace Jim Harbaugh. Perhaps, though, that net will need not extend much further than then end of Schembechler Hall.

Who are we kidding? If Harbaugh heads to the NFL — given his numerous interviews, it appears as if that might be an inevitability — there is one name clearly atop a list of potential replacements: offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore. In his sixth season at Michigan, Moore was already a rising star before he took over as acting coach for four games this past season, including wins over Ohio State and Penn State.

When given a chance to showcase his leadership skills — at least on game day — Moore made a huge difference in Michigan’s national championship season. He knows the culture, the roster, and really, the future in Ann Arbour.

The world got to know Moore more personally after his emotional postgame interview on Fox after the Penn State win.

“I don’t really care about what other people say about it,” Moore said in December. “I made sure I talked to my mom about it, and that’s what really mattered.”

What mattered more that day was Moore calling for 32 straight runs for the Wolverines in that game, which wore down the Nittany Lions defense. He was in charge during a fourth-quarter rally against Alabama in the Rose Bowl semifinal that saved Michigan’s season and led it to the College Football Playoff National Championship.

While the offensive production dipped overall this season, how do you argue with back-to-back Joe Moore Awards (best offensive line) in 2021 and 2022? In 2023, Moore’s unit was incredibly efficient, committing only…


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