Former Oklahoma football player gets top job at Michigan

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A former Oklahoma football player and alum is the new head coach of the winningest college football team of all-time.

Sherrone Moore, who played at Oklahoma under head coach Bob Stoops, becomes the 21st head coach in the nearly 150-year history of Michigan football. He replaces Jim Harbaugh, who resigned the position after nine seasons to return to the NFL and become head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers.

Harbaugh is the first college head coach to leave a program immediately after winning a national championship. Moore, who has served as the Michigan offensive coordinator since the 2021 season, was acting head coach of the Wolverines for four games this past season while Harbaugh served out a suspension. Michigan was 4-0 in those games.

Moore played in 14 games at Oklahoma as an offensive guard in 2006-07. His coaching career began at Louisville first as a graduate assistant and later as an assistant coaching tight ends. He joined the staff at Central Michigan as an assistant in 2014 and was hired at Michigan in 2018 as the tight ends coach. He was elevated to co-offensive coordinator in 2021 and was assumed the roles of offensive coordinator and acting head coach during the 2023 season.

A finalist this year for the Broyles Award, which recognizes the most outstanding assistant coach in college football every year, Moore led a Michigan offense that ranked in the top-10 nationally in seven offensive categories. The Michigan offensive line was awarded the prestigious Joe Moore Award as the top offensive line in college football in 2021 and repeated the honor again the following season, all under Sherrone Moore's tutelage.

The University of Michigan is the all-time winningest program in college football. This past season, the Wolverines passed the 1,000 mark with 1,003 wins and an overall mark of 1,003-353-36.

Moore graduated from OU in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in communications.