The Michigan Wolverines football team boasts some of college football’s best and brightest young minds. Head coach Jim Harbaugh has gone on record stating each of his assistant coaches will eventually be head coaches.
The Indiana Hoosiers appear to have gotten the memo.
According to a Tuesday night report by 247Sports, the Hoosiers have reached out to interview Mike Hart for their head coach opening. Among the names interviewing with Hart are current offensive coordinator, Rod Carey, as well as Eastern Michigan head coach Chris Creighton.
Hart has served as the Wolverines’ running backs coach since Jim Harbaugh recruited him away from Indiana in 2021. During that time, Hart has coached guys like Blake Corum, Donovan Edwards and Hassan Haskins, and has helped sustain the great run game.
Prior to his time with the Wolverines, Hart spent four seasons coaching under Tom Allen from 2017-20, and was eventually named the associate head coach.
As if the quick-rising coaching career wasn’t enough, you may also recall Hart as being Michigan’s all-time leading rusher who played from 2004-07. He is currently 37 years old and is making an annual base salary of $550,000, so he’d be making a lot more money as the head coach of Indiana.
The idea of Hart interviewing for this opening doesn’t come as a total shock. He hasn't shied away from his desire to one day become a head coach, and even interviewed for the opening at Western Michigan last offseason.
To this point, Hart has not coached at the collegiate level as an offensive coordinator. When asked about his head coaching aspirations back in September, Hart had this to say about his lack of experience at that level.
“If you look at coaches now, it’s a lot different,” Hart said. “I think anybody can be a head coach no matter what you do. It comes down to leadership and management. I think that as long as you can lead people and you’re organized, you can be a head coach. That’s what it comes down to. Motivation, leadership and belief. People have to believe in you. When you have those things and you have those characteristics, anybody can be a head coach.”
While Hart is reportedly scheduled to interview during the Hoosiers’ head coaching search, he will remain focused on his role with the Wolverines as they prepare to face Iowa in the Big Ten Championship on Saturday.