Michigan has hired all-time leading rusher Mike Hart to be its next running backs coach, according to a report.

That’s per 247Sports’ Sam Webb.


Michigan has confirmed the hiring right around 6 pm EST on Wednesday, bringing Hart back to Ann Arbor:

Hart, 34, rushed for 5,040 yards and 41 touchdowns over the course of a 4-year career with the Wolverines.

He has spent the last four seasons as Indiana’s running backs coach, so this is a move that makes sense on a number of levels. Hart also has experience as an associate and assistant head coach with IU.

Indiana’s leading rusher this season was Stevie Scott, who led the way with 561 yards and 10 touchdowns in the Hoosiers’ pass-heavy attack.

According to Webb’s report, Jay Harbaugh will now coach exclusively special teams. Previously, he had been in charge of both running backs and special teams.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh signed an extension to remain with the Wolverines last week. There was talk of him leaving the program to take an NFL job after Michigan went 2-4 this season.

There’s also been movement elsewhere on Michigan’s coaching staff this offseason. Harbaugh fired longtime DC Don Brown, who has since landed at Arizona.