Jim Harbaugh Told Michigan Star To Enter NFL Draft

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh

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Heading into the offseason, the Michigan Wolverines’ football program new they were going to lose quite a few important players.

They lost 9 players to this year’s NFL Draft, including 4 in the first 3 rounds.

It turns out that they could have lost another one of their stars if he had listened to the team’s head coach.

Star running back Blake Corum revealed to The 33rd Team that Jim Harbaugh told him he should enter the draft.

“He said, ‘Get the surgery.’ And he told me to go to the League,” Corum said, via 247Sports. “I said, ‘Coach, what would you do?’ He said: ‘I would go to the League.’”

Corum didn’t end up listening to Harbaugh, which Michigan Wolverines fans will be very happy about after he ran for 1463 yards and 18 touchdowns last season.

He explained that the opportunity to be the first person in his family to get a degree was a big factor in his decision to return.

“Think about the bigger picture. I’m the first in my family to ever go to college. If I left, there’s no chance I would be walking this Saturday to get my degree. There’s no shot. I was not coming back. And I got so close to being done.”

His decision was also influenced by his belief that Michigan could win it all next season.

“How can I leave a team that can do it this year?”

The Wolverines have a much better chance to actually do that with Corum back on the roster and are once again expected to be one of the nation’s top teams.

This is one situation where I’m sure Jim Harbaugh is happy one of his players didn’t listen to him.