By ASHLEY PRESTON, Staff Writer
After much speculation and anticipation, Jim Harbaugh was finally named the 20th Head Coach of Michigan.
After a season of controversy and negativity surrounding the Michigan Football program, many are excited to see a new leaf being turned over. And it certainly helps that Jim Harbaugh is under that leaf.
With deep roots in the Michigan community, Jim Harbaugh appears to be the “Michigan Man” fans have been longing for. For the first time in a long time, Michigan Football is being talked about positively, which is good to see for a change.
I really hope Coach Harbaugh can turn the program around, but I’m not holding my breath.
Don’t get me wrong, I have high hopes for him. His history presents him as very successful and I don’t doubt that he will be. I am afraid that the program being stuck in a rut lies partially in the eyes of the beholder. Michigan fans are a whole different breed and sometimes we don’t even realize it.
You know how they say that in every friend group there’s an annoying friend and if you don’t know which friend that is, it’s probably you? Yeah, that’s kind of what it’s like. Not that Michigan fans are the ‘annoying friend’ (try arguing that against a State fan…), but that often times, they don’t even realize that their expectations and desires for their team are so high. As Michigan fans, we expect to win. Why? Because that’s what Michigan does: wins. So what happens when they lose and lose….and lose? Well, obviously something is broken.
But maybe not—I mean, yes if you continue to lose, a change needs to be made. But we forget that the seemingly “overnight” change many of us desire isn’t rational. The ever-talked-about “Michigan Arrogance” comes from the winning we expect day in and day out. At some point every good thing comes to an end, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be good again.
I guess that’s the spark of hope that the Harbaugh hire put back into the hole in the hearts of fans. It’s a hole that only a Michigan Man could fill. Perhaps the same hole that was made when Bo Schembechler left. Although I don’t believe anyone could walk in those shoes. But I’m excited to see a new person try…and hopefully not fail for I fear that fans may begin to forget what Bo always wanted: When your team is winning, be ready to be tough, because winning can make you soft. On the other hand, when your team is losing, stick by them. Keep believing.