Michigan Wolverines news: Jim Harbaugh to interview with Chargers, who is returning?

A bunch of Michigan football players declared for the NFL draft on Sunday, plus Jim Harbaugh is meeting with the Chargers and more in our Michigan Wolverines news roundup.

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh speaks during the national championship celebration at Crisler
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh speaks during the national championship celebration at Crisler / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh has taken a week to celebrate the Michigan Wolverines national championship. Now, it seems that he's focused on determining his future.

After several Michigan football players, including starting quarterback J.J. McCarthy declared for the NFL draft on Sunday, it was reported that Jim Harbaugh was also meeting with the LA Chargers for an interview. The Chargers interviewed Mike Macdonald earlier this week, but it feels like Harbaugh might be the top target.

It's hard to know if the Chargers will offer everything he wants. But they have a lot of talent and a franchise quarterback in Justin Herbert. I could see it being an attractive situation and I wouldn't rule out the Michigan Wolverines needing a new head coach sometime this week. I believe that it will be Sherrone Moore, but we'll just have to wait and see what Jim does.

What Michigan football players are coming back?

Josaiah Stewart, the EDGE, who made the spectacular play against Alabama on the fourth-down stop in overtime, announced his return. He should start opposite Derrick Moore, giving the Wolverines a very solid front four with Kenneth Grant and Mason Graham also returning.

There have been no official announcements yet, but Chris Balas of The Wolverine reported on Sunday night that it was looking like Donovan Edwards, Rod Moore, and Makari Paige would all return. I'm hoping that Trente Jones will come back as well, giving him a full year to start at tackle.

If the Michigan Wolverines get all those guys back, I see no reason they can't contend for the 12-team playoff. Michigan football will have a dominant defense. The running game should be damn good too, especially if Edwards and Kalel Mullings are back.

If the Michigan Wolverines can find a quarterback -- either in the transfer portal -- or within -- Michigan football should be a team to contend with in 2024. Harbaugh or not.


Michigan Wolverines battle Ohio State in basketball

The Michigan basketball team has become a bit of an afterthought in the past week. The 6-10 Wolverines have blown halftime leads of seven, 10, and 12 points in their last three Big Ten losses. Things went from bad to worse when point guard Dug McDaniel was suspended due to academics.

Michigan basketball is a 1.5-point favorite against Ohio State for the 12 PM EST game (FOX) on Monday The Buckeyes are 12-4. However, they haven't beaten any quad-1 or quad-2 opponents at this point in the season, so they might not be quite as good as their record. The Michigan Wolverines aren't as bad as their 6-10 record, but at some point, you are what your record is.

We'll see if the Wolverines can improve it on Monday. In terms of a prediction, since Dug McDaniel can play, give me Michigan basketball. Dug will play well and for one day at least, things will get right for the Wolverines on the hardwood.

Prediction: Michigan 75, Ohio State 70