Michigan Wolverines news: Ohio State's new OC, latest on Jim Harbaugh and Chargers

Michigan football rival Ohio State has a new offensive coordinator, plus the latest on Jim Harbaugh and more in our Michigan Wolverines news roundup.
Dec 3, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien
Dec 3, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien / David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The top rival of Michigan football has a new offensive coordinator and it's former New England Patriots offensive coordinator and Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien.

While Ohio State fans are probably excited about the hire, or possibly not, it's hard to make sense of this move. Ryan Day was supposed to be the offensive genius. That's why Urban Meyer hired him in the first place and the offense was supposed to be his calling card.

O'Brien did work for Nick Saban at Alabama. I also think he's a better coach than he gets credit for, but there have been some warning signs too. More than anything, this fit doesn't make sense to me, but Ohio State fans laughed when Michigan football hired Jesse Minter.

The Buckeyes are certainly trying to do everything they can to beat the Michigan Wolverines and get over the hump. But I don't see how this moves the needle at all. And I have many questions like who will call the plays?

Chargers interview other head-coaching candidates

Jim Harbaugh is "near the top of the list" of the Los Angeles Chargers according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. However, the Chargers also interviewed some other coaches on Thursday including former Tennessee head coach Mike Vrabel and former Stanford head coach David Shaw.

Shaw obviously has ties to Harbaugh. He's interviewed for a couple of head-coaching jobs the last two offseasons and while it's not likely that he's hired, you wonder if Harbaugh would want him as an assistant.

It's clear that Harbaugh wants to explore the NFL process and the Dan Wetzel report that claimed that Harbaugh didn't want his buyout to go up until February 15th (after the NFL hiring cycle) tells you all you need to know about his intentions.

If Jim Harbaugh gets the right offer, he'll leave the Michigan Wolverines and as I've said, I'm fine with that. He deserves to go if that's what right for him. For now, we just have to wait and see.

Michigan Wolverines lose player to transfer portal

Former walk-on offensive tackle Noah Stewart has entered the transfer portal. He played four games during his Michigan football career and saw action twice this season against East Carolina and Indiana. Stewart is the eighth Michigan Wolverines player to enter the transfer portal.


On another transfer portal note, former Michigan football player Amorion Walker announced his commitment to Ole Miss.