To perhaps no one's surprise, Palo Alto High grad and former Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh was named head football coach at the University of Michigan on Tuesday morning in Ann Arbor.
Michigan interim athletic director Jim Hackett said Harbaugh agreed to a seven-year deal worth more than $35 million. He also received a $2 million signing bonus. There were original reports that Harbaugh would make $48 millons over six years.
"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," Harbaugh told a a packed news conference, introducing his family one by one.
The 51-year-old Harbaugh coached the San Francisco 49ers to three straight NFC championship games and the Niners lost the 2013 Super Bowl to a Baltimore Ravens team coached by his brother, John. After the 49ers slipped to an uncharacteristic 8-8 record this season and missed the playoffs, Harbaugh parted ways with the team following Sunday's win over Arizona in what both sides called a mutual decision, despite having one year remaining on his 49ers' contract.
Harbaugh is now the buzz of the Big Ten.
Harbaugh went 58-27 overall as a college coach at San Diego and Stanford, including a 29-21 record in four seasons with the Cardinal. He took over a 1-11 Stanford team when he was hired in December 2006 and quickly turned the program back into a winner and bowl contender.
Harbaugh's first Stanford team went 4-8 in a season highlighted by a 24-23 win over No. 1 Southern California, a game in which the Cardinal was a 41-point underdog. Stanford was 5-7 the following season, then improved to 8-5 and earned a Sun Bowl berth in 2009 -- the school's first bowl appearance since 2001. They won the Orange Bowl with quarterback Andrew Luck his final season and reached the Rose Bowl in 2012 and '13 after winning the Pac-12 Conference title each year.
At Michigan, Harbaugh replaces Brady Hoke, fired on Dec. 2 after four seasons. This is Michigan's third head coach since 2008. Rich Rodriguez was fired in 2011 after three seasons. The Wolverines have gone 46-42 since Lloyd Carr retired after the 2007 season, his 13th as head coach. They have endured three losing seasons, including the most recent 5-7 record. Michigan hasn't won a Big Ten title since 2004.
Harbaugh is a former Michigan quarterback (1982-86), who played under legendary coach Bo Schembechler. Harbaugh graduated from Palo Alto High in 1982.