March 4, 2024
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Jim Harbaugh is returning to the NFL.

After 9 years as the pinnacle coach of the Michigan Wolverines, Harbaugh accepted the identical place on the subsequent stage, turning into the coach of the Los Angeles Chargers on Wednesday.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh waves to followers after the Michigan Wolverines’ nationwide title celebration on Jan. 13, 2024, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Nic Antaya/Getty Photos)

The transfer comes lower than a month after Harbaugh introduced a nationwide championship to Ann Arbor, the primary soccer championship for Michigan since 1997.

He’s reached the highest of the mountain in faculty soccer and has now turned his sights towards the one peak he has but to beat.


The Tremendous Bowl.

Harbaugh got here as shut as a coach can to successful a championship within the NFL when his San Francisco 49ers misplaced Tremendous Bowl XLVII to the Baltimore Ravens, who have been coached by his brother, John Harbaugh.

Harbaugh will give it one other go as he appears to be like to turn into simply the fourth coach to win a nationwide championship and a Tremendous Bowl in a profession.

Let’s check out the three coaches who reside within the unique membership.

Pete Carroll

The legendary profession of Pete Carroll is on pause for now after his 14-year tenure with the Seattle Seahawks got here to an finish in January.

Earlier than Seattle moved on from Carroll, there was nothing however a whole lot of successful.

In his 14 seasons as head coach, Carroll amassed a report of 137-89-1 and introduced Seattle its first Tremendous Bowl within the 2013 season. Seattle demolished Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Tremendous Bowl XLVIII, 43-8.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after successful Tremendous Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Feb. 2, 2014. (David Bergman/Sports activities Illustrated through Getty Photos)


Carroll’s time with Seattle was an NFL redemption tour after he was fired by the New England Patriots after three seasons as head coach from 1997 to 1999. 

In between his two most up-to-date NFL teaching stints is the place Carroll actually made a reputation for himself.

Carroll was a shocking rent by the USC Trojans in December 2000 because the once-storied program had fallen on onerous occasions.

Pete Carroll runs onto the USC field

USC employed Pete Carroll as head soccer coach in 2000. (Charles Baus/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media through Getty Photos/File)

Within the 12 years previous to hiring Carroll, USC had did not win greater than 9 video games and had not received a nationwide championship since 1978.

Carroll rapidly introduced this system again to nationwide relevance. USC turned one of many nice dynasties beneath Carroll’s management, successful two nationwide championships and going 97-19.

Jimmy Johnson 

Jimmy Johnson had three storied careers, two of which passed off on the soccer discipline.

Johnson took over as head coach of the Miami Hurricanes in 1984 and made “The U” essentially the most dominant program within the nation. He turned the pinnacle coach after Howard Schnellenberger received the title in 1983 earlier than heading to the USFL.


Jimmy Johnson celebrates

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson and Emmitt Smith have fun after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Irving, Texas, on Jan. 23, 1994. (John Biever/Sports activities Illustrated through Getty Photos)

In his 5 seasons in Coral Gables, Johnson went 52-9, successful the title in 1987.

He turned head coach of the Dallas Cowboys in 1989 and went 44-36 in 5 seasons. Johnson led Dallas to back-to-back Tremendous Bowls in 1992 and 1993. He would go on to teach the Miami Dolphins from 1996 to 1999 and was chosen to the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame in 2020.

Johnson has gone on to have a profitable profession on TV as an NFL analyst.

Barry Switzer

Barry Switzer took over as head coach of the Cowboys following Johnson’s tenure, however Switzer was a legendary coach on the faculty stage for years earlier than heading to the NFL.

Switzer turned a hero on the College of Oklahoma, main the Sooners to 3 nationwide championships.


Barry Switzer coaches the Cowboys

Barry Switzer of the Dallas Cowboys offers instructions throughout a sport in opposition to the Arizona Cardinals in Irving, Texas, on Nov. 9, 1997. (Stephen Dunn /Allsport)

Switzer and the Sooners received the nationwide championship in 1977, 1975 and 1985, with Switzer compiling a report of 157-29-4 alongside the best way.

In 1994, Switzer turned head coach of the Cowboys and led Dallas to a 1995 Tremendous Bowl victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It was the final Tremendous Bowl victory for the Cowboys, and Dallas has failed to succeed in the NFC Championship Sport ever since.