Jim Harbaugh Introduced As Michigan Head Coach

By Staff  |  12/30/2014

Jiim Harbaugh

Just days after parting ways with the San Francisco 49ers, Jim Harbaugh was officially introduced as the new coach at Michigan this week.

The University of Michigan held a new conference on Tuesday (Dec. 30) to make the announcement where the new coach called the return to his alma mater a "homecoming" while vowing "excellence" for its football program, which is seeking its first national title since 1997.

"Throughout my life, I have dreamed of coaching at the University of Michigan," Harbaugh said, reading from a statement. "Now I have the honor to live it.

"Top to bottom, Michigan is about excellence, is about greatness, and you have my pledge that I will carry forward the tradition of excellence of the University of Michigan football program," he later added.

According to ESPN.com, Michigan interim athletic director Jim Hackett confirmed that Harbaugh signed a seven-year deal worth $5 million per year -- the same salary he received with the Niners. He also received a $2 million signing bonus.

During his stint as the 49ers, the 51-year-old coach led the team to three straight NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl appearance in 2013, which they lost to the Baltimore Ravens.

After the 49ers slipped to 8-8 this season and missed the playoffs, Harbaugh and the team parted ways on Sunday (Dec. 28). Both sides called it a mutual decision.