Reading between the lines? Some believe Don Brown's firing means Jim Harbaugh is staying at Michigan
Now that Michigan has fired defensive coordinator Don Brown, the question about what’s next in Ann Arbor has been the talk of social media for fans of the maize and blue.
Though head coach Jim Harbaugh’s contract extension has yet to be settled, there is anticipation that it will be soon. The departure of Brown certainly makes Harbaugh’s return more likely.
The move is likely the first in what is expected to be a shakeup of the Michigan coaching staff, regardless of Jim Harbaugh’s ultimate future.
Despite the big-game struggles, which many have attributed to Harbaugh’s coaching deficiencies, Brown’s defenses were still ranked highly throughout much of his time at Michigan. But in 2020, the bottom fell out this season as the unit was gutted by injuries and inconsistencies, and it’s clear to anyone watching that it was time to make a change.
Reaction across social media to the firing of Brown, and the future of Harbaugh ran rampant Tuesday after the announcement hit the news.
You imagine if Jim Harbaugh is staying at Michigan, something had to change. https://t.co/P5LpaEoj9i
— Matt Murschel (@osmattmurschel) December 22, 2020
This means Jim Harbaugh is staying, in my opinion. https://t.co/XkY5otegUo
— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) December 22, 2020
This would seemingly indicate that Jim Harbaugh is staying at Michigan. https://t.co/NPjSCw7AgR
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 22, 2020
Woah. Guess this means Harbaugh is staying at Michigan https://t.co/Pp5iXXT6c2
— John DeRosier (@JohnRDeRosier) December 22, 2020
Harbaugh is staying! https://t.co/opg6CU8USj
— Anthony Strong (@TonyStrong631) December 22, 2020
Harbaugh fires Don Brown. Harbaugh will be staying at Michigan which means the Wolverines will continue to lose to MSU and PSU regularly and get housed by the Buckeyes at the end of every season. Who says their ain't no such thing as Santy Claus?
— Spartan Jay Jay (@SpartanJayJay) December 22, 2020
Michigan fires Don Brown
My guess is Harbaugh is now staying…we will see who now comes in and who else is leaving.
— Ryan Culloty (@CoachCulloty) December 22, 2020
If Harbaugh made a decision on Don Brown, he’s almost certainly staying. https://t.co/UCiUGwFFTb
— Tony Paul (@TonyPaul1984) December 22, 2020
If the DC is leaving, I’m guessing that means Harbaugh is staying.
— Mike Joiner-Hill (@MJH_316) December 22, 2020
Don Brown’s defenses were amazing, until they weren’t. For the best.
Bizarre way to basically confirm Harbaugh is staying, though https://t.co/uhm2QxB6zf
— Michael Proppe (@mikeproppe) December 22, 2020
Harbaugh appears to be staying, as has been expected for last couple weeks. Major staff changes the likely demand https://t.co/Ks0r9y02cg
— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) December 22, 2020