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U-M President backs Michigan football coach after Penn State win

After the Penn State win, U-M President Santa Ono backed Sherrone Moore with Jim Harbaugh still suspended.



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Nov 11, 2023; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive line coach Sherrone Moore reacts while being interviewed with running back Blake Corum (2) following a game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Michigan won 24-15. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday, with Jim Harbaugh suspended by the Big Ten Conference, Michigan football coach (offensive coordinator) Sherrone Moore took over and led the Wolverines to a 24-15 win over the 10th-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions. After the game, U-M President Santa Ono took to social media to express his joy for Moore and the Wolverines.

Michigan football coach Sherrone Moore handles business at No. 10 Penn State

U-M President Santa Ono, who is in his second year in Ann Arbor, is leading the charge in the school’s fight against the Big Ten Conference over Jim Harbaugh and the sign-stealing scandal. For the Maize and Blue, Ono’s leadership — both behind closed doors and in the public eye — has been essential to the team’s overall success on the field and off of it.

While Jim Harbaugh was not allowed to coach against Penn State during yesterday’s game, Sherrone Moore took over and did an impressive job, to say the least. When all was said and done, the No. 3 Wolverines improved to 10-0 (7-0 Big Ten) on the year with a solid 24-15 win over the No. 10 Nittany Lions. Additionally, even with a Heisman Trophy contender under center, Michigan did not throw the ball in the second half and still managed to control the nation’s No. 1 defense at the line of scrimmage and beyond.

Santa Ono backs Moore following impressive Big Ten Conference win

After the game, Santa Ono hit Twitter to express his joy with Michigan football and back Sherrone Moore, who will likely continue to be the Wolverines’ head coach on game days as long as Jim Harbaugh is sidelined.

“Congratulations to Sherrone Moore and (Michigan football) team 144,” read Santa Ono’s post-game tweet. “I am very proud of you and how you came together as a team.”

Later this week, the Big Ten and University of Michigan will both argue their cases in court, with the Wolverines hoping to get a temporary restraining order against the conference before Saturday’s matchup against Maryland. If successful, Jim Harbaugh will be permitted on the sidelines for the final two games of the year, including Michigan’s biggest annual test: vs. No. 1 Ohio State.

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball as a member of the credentialed media at both schools. Right now, CJ writes for Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. He also does some credentialed basketball coverage. Previously, CJ has made stops with sites like GBMWolverine, Saturday Blitz, Steeler Nation, and more.