Ohio State Football: Harbaugh guts Michigan staff

The Ohio State football team will play a vastly different Michigan squad at the end of November as Jim Harbaugh is destroying what he built.

Jim Harbaugh is leaving Michigan to become head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers.
Jim Harbaugh is leaving Michigan to become head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers. / Melanie Maxwell / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Ohio State football program looks on as former Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is gutting his former team. Harbaugh, after accepting the LA Chargers job has brought in numerous former Michigan staffers, making Sherrone Moore's first season as the Wolverines head coach all that more difficult.

Harbaugh has brought former Michigan defensive coordinator Jesse Minter, strength and conditioning coordinator Ben Herbert, and special teams coordinator Jay Harbaugh with him to Los Angeles.

The major departure here is Ben Herbert, who is Michigan's version of Mickey Mariotti. Herbert has installed a disciplined culture behind the scenes and is responsible for the Michigan football program becoming one of the toughest teams in College Football, both mentally and physically.

Jesse Minter is a major departure as well for Michigan. He had a less talented defense in 2023 than in 2022 and made them one of the best in the country, leading the way to a national title. This means that Michigan will now have three different defensive coordinators in the last three seasons.

Jim Harbaugh has effectively taken the backbone of the Wolverine program with him to LA. Between himself and Herbert, Sherrone Moore will have his hands full in having to fill a major leadership void within the program. Something that could make it extremely difficult to come back from.

As a Buckeye fan, I love to see it. It would have been great to get one more crack at Harbaugh but if he's going to leave, why not leave the program on fire behind him? Michigan got its title, and that appears to have motivated the heck out of Ryan Day this offseason, who is killing it in the transfer portal and on the recruiting trail.

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Sherrone Moore is in a really tough spot. Not only is he losing a ton of the coaching staff but he is also losing north of 30 players from its 2023 roster. It could be a long season in Ann Arbor next year.