Kirk Herbstreit reacts to Michigan landing program legend Mike Hart as RBs coach
On Wednesday, we learned the news that former Michigan Wolverine Mike Hart is on his way back to Ann Arbor as he takes over as running backs coach.
Though the announcement is just a few hours old, it’s been met with overwhelming positivity. The latest person to jump on this hype train for Hart joining his alma mater is ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit. The former Ohio State Buckeye had a positive reaction to the news of Hart’s hiring.
Great hire. Will bring passion and an obvious understanding of the history and pride of the position he played and will now coach. https://t.co/aqdNXwloSA
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) January 13, 2021
Hart is a name well known amongst the Big Blue fan base. He is the school’s all-time leading rusher and was fifth in Heisman voting back in 2006 while wearing the Maize and Blue. He takes over for Jay Harbaugh, who is planning to stay with the program but focus exclusively on special teams.
As a coach, Hart began working his way up in 2011 at Eastern Michigan. He’s served in a number of positions along the way including quality control coach while also serving as running backs coach at programs such as Western Michigan, Syracuse, and most recently, Indiana. He served in a similar role for four seasons in Bloomington.
Along the way, Hart has become noticed. In 2018, he was a finalist for the Broyles Award, which goes to the nation’s top assistant coach.
If there’s something Wolverine fans love, it’s their own Michigan men and women. Jim Harbaugh had to know bringing in someone like Hart would result in nothing but positivity, especially among the fan base.