Former Michigan WR Nico Collins says 'you're wrong' if you don't believe Jim Harbaugh is the right guy for the job
One of the biggest storylines during the early portion of the B1G’s offseason was whether or not Michigan would retain head coach Jim Harbaugh. After a 2-4 season and still not having any conference titles and zero wins against Ohio State, there was some talk that the Wolverines might start looking for a new leader.
That wasn’t the case. Instead, athletic director Warde Manuel offered Harbaugh a four-year contract extension to keep the head coach in Ann Arbor a little while longer. Some thought it was a smart move while others shook their head in a disapproving manner.
Former Michigan wide receiver Nico Collins is one who thinks the extension was the right move. In a recent interview with The Spun, Collins jumped to Harbaugh’s defense, saying he’s the right guy for the job in Ann Arbor.
“If you think he’s not the right coach, you’re wrong. He’s a great coach. He’s a coach that played in the NFL, coached in the NFL, and knows exactly how to coach his players,” Collins said in the interview. “If you want a great team to go to and a great coach to be coached by, go to the University of Michigan. It doesn’t get any better because of Coach Harbaugh. I learned a lot from him and I’m glad he was my coach for my first three years.”
Collins opted out of the 2020 season and instead began pursuing a career in the NFL. He did participate in the Senior Bowl and turned some heads during practice week. Many considered him one of the big winners of the event.
In 2019, Collins was a big part of Michigan’s deep passing attack, totaling 729 yards and 7 touchdowns on 37 catches for the Wolverines. Over his three-year career in Ann Arbor, Collins hauled in 78 receptions for 1,388 yards and 13 scores.
Even though Michigan never beat Ohio State or claimed a B1G crown while Collins was in town, he still believes Harbaugh is the guy to restore the glory in Ann Arbor. He’ll have at least a few more years to prove that.