Michigan fans had a rough 2017. The Wolverines entered the season with high expectations, but stumbled down the stretch, losing to Ohio State again and blowing a lead in the bowl game to South Carolina. The Ann Arbor, Mich. program finished with five losses.
Jim Harbaugh and Co. have made a decent amount of changes for 2018. Most of them center on the Wolverines' staff.
Michigan reportedly made a big hire on Wednesday night. Former Florida head coach Jim McElwain reportedly agreed to a position on the Wolverines' staff.
McElwain is a big name and has a ton of experience. So, Michigan fans should be happy by his reported hire, right?
Apparently not. One Wolverines' fan, Daniel Allweiss, is a follower of both Michigan and Florida football. He outlined why he "can't believe" Michigan is hiring McElwain in a post for Maize N Brew, the SB Nation site.
Going beyond the recruiting, player development in every single possible way went poorly. On the field, freshmen routinely outperformed upper-classmen before becoming sophomores and regressing behind the new crop. Off the field, well the 9 players suspended for credit card fraud (if you dig deep enough, you realize how much worse this story actually is) sort of speak for themselves. The arrests, suspensions, and rumors go beyond but I’d prefer not to turn MNB into TMZ.
Gainesville is like Ann Arbor, a small and concentrated pressure cooker of expectations and fan/booster-involvement. Jim McElwain, a bad fit for Florida, is an even worse one for Michigan. My time in school and covering this team has made me 100% sure of that.
All we can do now is hope for the best. This program has no shortage of questions to answer in 2018. With everyone needing to prove something, perhaps this will galvanize the team to achieving greater things together moving forward.
Welp. Hopefully for Michigan fans it'll work out differently.
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