The Nebraska football team will face off against Michigan in Week 5, but before then, the Wolverines will have set a truly odd college football record.
There’s a chance that when Jim Harbaugh brings his boys to Memorial Stadium in Week 5 of the regular season, Nebraska football fans are hoping it will be a clash between 4-0 teams. Even if it isn’t that epic showdown, it’s safe to say UM will already have put together a record-breaking season.
While many people believe the Wolverines could be one of the more dominant teams in college football this season, the record they’ll set has nothing to do with being the best of the best. Michigan will be setting a record in the number of people who were head coaches of a team in a single season.
Quite a bit has been made of the suspension Harbaugh will serve to begin the year. After a deal struck with the NCAA for Harbaugh to be suspended for the season’s first four games, Michigan acted unilaterally and suspended its head coach for three games.
Now the university has announced who will coach those three games. In their season opener co-defensive coordinator Jesse Minter will be the head man against East Carolina. Special teams coordinator and safeties coach Jay Harbaugh will do the job in the first half in Week 2 against UNLV. Then running backs coach Mike Hart will be the head man in the second half of that game. Offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Sherrone Moore will take on head coaching duties in Week 3 against Bowling Green.
Jim Harbaugh will return to his head coaching duties in Week 4 in Michigan’s Big Ten opener against Rutgers.
That means that technically when Nebraska football faces off against Michigan, the Wolverines will have already had five different head coaches in 2023. Unsurprisingly, that’s a college football record.
Nebraska football facing off against weird record-setter
The then-expected four-game suspension was the talk of Big Ten Media Days back in July but it never came to be. Now it appears that Michigan is trying to make light of the punishment by doling out the head coaching duties.
It will certainly be interesting to see how this totally unorthodox approach works for a team seemingly preparing for a march toward a playoff appearance.
It’s possible it might be a slight boon for a Nebraska football team that will be heavy underdogs on September 30.