2014 : University of Michigan Introduces Jim Harbaugh as New Football Coach

December 30, 2018 all-day

Michigan Fans Lobby for Jim Harbaugh as Next Football Coach

Michigan has told its biggest boosters that a deal for Jim Harbaugh to become its next head coach is done and that a news conference is scheduled for Tuesday, a source close to Michigan told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Even though the agreement is expected to be announced Tuesday, NFL teams such as the Bears, Jets and Raiders have continued making overtures to see if they can change Harbaugh’s mind, NFL sources told Schefter.

Michigan interim athletic director Jim Hackett and other officials from the school met with Harbaugh in California on Sunday night after he officially parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers. The agreement reached ended a nearly monthlong coaching search in which virtually any conclusion other than landing Harbaugh would have been deemed a disappointment in Ann Arbor.

Details about Harbaugh’s contract weren’t immediately available, but reports earlier this month suggested Michigan offered a six-year contract worth at least $48 million.

Harbaugh came close to taking the Michigan job in 2011 but decided to jump to the NFL, and the Wolverines hired Brady Hoke. Hoke’s record went steadily downhill during his four seasons at Michigan. He was fired after a Nov. 29 loss to Ohio State that guaranteed the program would not play in a bowl game.

Harbaugh played quarterback at Michigan from 1983 to 1986 before a long NFL career. The Palo Alto, California, native, who spent part of his childhood in Ann Arbor, has remained on the West Coast since becoming a full-time coach. He worked with the Raiders as a quarterbacks coach in 2002 and 2003 before taking head-coaching jobs at the University of San Diego, Stanford and then the 49ers.

Source : “Michigan to announce Harbaugh hire”, ESPN.com, December 29, 2014.

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