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.