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ESPN Hypothesizes Why Jim Harbaugh Has Been Quiet Lately

Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats.

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Here's why you haven't heard much from Michigan's head coach lately.

Jim Harbaugh couldn't stop making headlines on the recruiting trail during his first three seasons as Michigan's head coach. He did stuff like:

Stuff like this hasn't really happened during the 2018 cycle, though. Harbaugh has been fairly quiet.

ESPN recently detailed why that is. The Worldwide Leader believes it comes down to two things:

  1. Michigan had a disappointing 2017 season, leading to a possibly worse 2018 recruiting class.
  2. Harbaugh has been focusing more on the development of his coaching staff.

"After going 8-5 this past season, with another loss to Ohio State, the Wolverines have reasons to stay quiet. But that hasn’t stopped Harbaugh from trying to re-energize the staff. In this offseason, Harbaugh added Al Washington and Sherrone Moore to strengthen the on-field product and the recruiting that goes with it," ESPN writes.

"The new coaches won’t just need to help re-energize recruiting, they’ll also need to make an impact on the field. Harbaugh is nowhere near the hot seat, but it seemed almost necessary that changes be made to move the program forward after what happened in 2017."

Michigan's 2018 class is good but not great. It's the No. 14 class in the country, No. 3 in the Big Ten.

While the Wolverines have been quiet on the recruiting trail lately, they can't be quiet during the 2018 season. It's time for Harbaugh's hype to finally result in some elite success. Michigan will be a College Football Playoff contender in 2018.

You can read ESPN's full piece here.