Don't expect a mass exodus of Michigan football players to transfer portal

Even though Jim Harbaugh is gone and Michigan football players can leave via the transfer portal, here's why I wouldn't expect a huge exodus.

Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore against the
Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore against the / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Michigan football will have a new head coach going into the 2024 season and while it hasn't been announced just yet, everyone expects it to be offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore.

Moore did a spectacular job when Harbaugh was suspended for the last three games of the regular season. Heck, he earned a pair of top-10 wins and coached the Wolverines to a victory over Ohio State in a top-5 matchup.

There are plenty of reasons to hire Moore. He's a bright offensive coordinator, a really good offensive line coach, and also a talented recruiter. But one of the best reasons to keep him is the fact that it could prevent a mass exodus of Michigan football players to the transfer portal.

The players love Moore and the fact is, if Moore can retain the players who haven't declared for the NFL draft, Michigan should be in the playoff hunt once again in 2024.

The Wolverines have a bunch of NFL draft picks on defense, including four possible All-Americans in Will Johnson, Mason Graham, Kenneth Grant, and Rod Moore. It could be the best defense in college football, especailly if the Wolverines can hire a defensive coordinator who can run the same defensive system.

Michigan is ramping up its NIL operation. Josh Henschke of Rivals also reports that Moore is going to build a bigger recruiting operation. All of that is good news. But as long as Moore is hired and most of the other assistants, such as Ben Herbert stay, Michigan should be able to keep its roster.

You can never say never, but the culture built by Jim Harbaugh is strong and Sherrone Moore was a big part of that. If he's named the head coach soon as expected, my prediction is that the Wolverines lose very little to the transfer portal.