Michigan has its man.
The national champion Wolverines have promoted offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Sharon Moore to head coach, two days after Jim Harbaugh bolted for the NFL to lead the Los Angeles Chargers, the school announced Friday.
Moore went four games last season in Harbaugh's place. Now, that makes him Michigan's head coach on a full-time basis.
“I have been preparing my entire coaching career for this opportunity and I can't think of a better place to be a head coach than the University of Michigan,” Moore said in a prepared statement. “Every day we will do our best as a team to continue the legacy of championship football that has been played in Michigan for the past 144 years.”
The same day Harbaugh took the Chargers head coaching job, Michigan's All-America guard Zak Zinter tweeted: “No interviews needed. It's Papa Moore's time.”
Now, officially, it is.
“Sheron has proven to be an outstanding leader for our football program,” said Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel. Players love playing for him and being in the building with him every day.
Manuel added: “Sheron stepped up this fall and served as an interim head coach when the program and especially the team needed him. Sheron handled the situation and restored the confidence that was already growing in him. He didn't do that. He, it's always about the team!”