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Michigan Expected To Announce Harbaugh As New Head Coach


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Not unexpected.


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.

Michigan Men

Michigan has made a habit of hiring "Michigan men," a trend that would continue with Jim Harbaugh as head coach. Harbaugh was a four-year letterman at Michigan, leading the Wolverines to the 1986 Fiesta Bowl and 1987 Rose Bowl.


2015-? Jim Harbaugh Quarterback (1986-86)

2011-14 Brady Hoke Assistant (1995-2002)

2008-10 Rich Rodriguez None

1995-2007 Lloyd Carr Assistant (1980-94)

1990-94 Gary Moeller Assistant (1969-72; 1980-89)

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Harbaugh is scheduled to land in Michigan early tonight, at which point he is expected to sign the richest contract in college football history, a source told 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.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, a Michigan alum, took to Facebook to support the program's hire.

" 'Those who stay will be champions.' #‎GoBlue Michigan Football," his post read.

Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson supported going after Harbaugh, as well.

"I think it's a good move," the Jacksonville Jaguars running back said. "I'm sad how Coach Hoke left, but obviously Coach Harbaugh is a great coach and he was a great player at Michigan. He's basically Michigan royalty right now. He's the man right now. I think he's going to do a great job and help out recruiting. He's had success at every school he went to, every team he coached at. I think it's a great fit for Michigan."

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.

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This is just so weird to me. He could have a garuanteed job coaching an NFL team for the same pay. I didn't think Harbaugh's ego would let him go back to college coaching so soon after all the success he's had in San Fran. Is Harbaugh really just that defeated that he didn't win a Super Bowl and now he's already done with the NFL? Taking a break? Bitching out? Just seems strange

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