Jim Harbaugh, the former Ohio State quarterback who was fired by the school after a 1-10 season, has made significant progress in rebuilding the football program, according to sources close to the former coach.
“Jim has been a great leader in recruiting and coaching over the past several years and has done a great job in rebuilding our program,” Gary Andersen, the university’s president and a former NFL offensive lineman, told the Journal.
The source told the paper that Harbaugh, who will officially become an Ohio State football coach on Friday, is now in a better place than when he was fired after a 2-14 season.
“Coach Harbaugh has been the leader in our program since he came to Ohio State, and the people at Ohio State and the Ohio State staff and alumni are proud of his accomplishments,” Andersen said.
“He’s been a tremendous leader for us, and we are excited to see him become a head coach.”
The source said Harbaugh is “very, very close” to being able to hire a replacement for his predecessor.
The report from Andersen’s camp did not identify who the candidate might be.
Harbaugh has yet to speak publicly about the hiring.