Happy times are existent again in Ann Arbor, Mich.!
Michigan won the day on Tuesday with Jim Harbaugh’s hire and can say it won the holiday season over its two fiercest rivals in the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan State Spartans.
However, Michigan hasn’t even won a game yet under its new football head man or been able to get out from under the shadow of 2013-14 Big Ten and Rose Bowl champion Michigan State as well as a member of the inaugural college football playoff final four in Ohio State.
So, let’s wait on throwing a parade for the former U-M QB and Bo Schembechler disciple until he’s won at least the same amount of Rose Bowls Mark Dantonio has won in his tenure at MSU – only one but still significant when you consider that U-M hasn’t won the bowl game considered “The Granddaddy of Them All” since its 1997 national championship season when Lloyd Carr was the Wolverines head man.
The rivalry is renewed because of the instant credibility that the 2011 AP NFL Coach of the Year brings to the Michigan football post, but in order for the U-M program to get back on an equal playing field with its enemies from East Lansing, the Wolverines must start beating its cross-town rivals once again – something they haven’t done since 2012 when they sneaked out a 12-10 victory over an unranked Spartans squad in Ann Arbor and something they haven’t done on a regular basis since their six-year reign of dominance under Carr from 2002-07.
The Wolverines also need to beat the Buckeyes much more frequently or at least more than they have in the past 15 years – only three times since the start of the 2000 college football campaign and only once in their past 10 tries against their rivals from the state of Ohio.
Due to the team from Ann Arbor’s recent struggles, Harbaugh’s former coach in Schembechler – the all-time winningest sideline boss in Michigan football history – has probably been rolling over in his grave since the day of his death on November 17, 2006 – a day which was followed by five straight losses for Bo’s once proud program to the team from Columbus, Ohio.
But now he can rest more peacefully knowing the program is in the good hands of not just a “Michigan man,” but more importantly, a football coach who has a proven track record of winning at every level.
It’s why the egotistical, Dockers-wearing football lifer is about to bring about the revitalization of football at the University of Michigan.