WHY JIM HARBAUGH REJECTED THE NFL TO SAVE MICHIGAN FOOTBALL

Jim Harbaugh (above right with Eagle Chip Kelly, another former college coach) had done what so many experts said he would never do, right up until the minute he did it: leave the bright lights, big cities, and even bigger money of the NFL for the cornfields and college towns of the Big Ten. This decision — so mystifying to NFL reporters — explains why the masses might have been forgiven if they mistook Harbaugh for their savior.

Most reporters kept saying there was no way Jim Harbaugh would ever bypass the NFL for Ann Arbor. It turns out their doubts were well founded — but not for the reasons they offered. The odds against Harbaugh’s return really were astronomical — but when a stunning series of departmental mistakes inspired a grassroots effort for reform, bold leaders stepped in to remove each obstacle, one by one. That it all happened just in time for Michigan to offer Harbaugh the chance to come home completed a chain of events that would have been impossible for anyone to predict even six months earlier.

Check out the book excerpt:

http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/road-saturday/201508/endzone-rise-fall-return-michigan-wolverines-football-book-john-bacon

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