Harbaugh signs deal with Michigan
Michigan finally landed its coveted 'Michigan Man.'
The school and Jim Harbaugh have signed an agreement to make the former Wolverines quarterback the program's new head football coach, with a news conference scheduled for Tuesday, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Jim Harbaugh is headed back to Michigan to become the team's new head coach.
The former All-America signal-caller who led the Wolverines to the 1987 Rose Bowl will become the program's 20th head football coach, replacing Brady Hoke, who was fired on December 2.
Wolverines interim athletic director Jim Hackett landed the 51-year-old Harbaugh, who parted ways with the NFL's San Francisco 49ers after the team's final game of the 2014 season on Sunday. He will try to revive a storied program in a conference and division that features Ohio State and Michigan State, the two teams that have become the Big Ten's best in recent years.
Harbaugh began his coaching career as an unpaid recruiting assistant at Western Kentucky while he was still playing in the NFL. He was the quarterbacks coach of the Oakland Raiders before landing his first head-coaching job at the University of San Diego, where he captured two FCS mid-major national titles. He then helped orchestrate an amazing turnaround at Stanford, as the Cardinal won an Orange Bowl under his watch before he moved onto the NFL and eventually lead the Niners to a Super Bowl berth.
Now he is back in the college game, where he will match wits with Urban Meyer, Mark Dantonio, James Franklin and others in the Big Ten.
We'll see how long Harbaugh stays in Ann Arbor, as he hasn't stayed in one place for very long throughout his coaching career. But the one thing we know for certain is that he's a coach who knows how to win. And a winning culture needs to get re-established in Ann Arbor.
Dave Miller, the college football editor for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.