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University of Michigan Announcing Jim Harbaugh As New Head Football Coach [Video]

Jim Harbaugh was let go as coach of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers on Monday and is being announced today as head football coach at the University of Michigan. (Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The University of Michigan announced Monday night it is making a major football announcement at noon today.

While Michigan has not confirmed it, it has been widely reported U-M Interim Athletic Director Jim Hackett plans to introduce former San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh as the Wolverines’ next head coach in Ann Arbor.

Watch University of Michigan Football Press Conference Here at Noon EST Today

Harbaugh reportedly signed a six-year, $48 million contract with U-M on Monday night, Comcast SportsNet reported. He was let go Monday after five years as coach of the NFL’s 49ers,

The highest-paid coach in the Big Ten Conference in 2014 was Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, who made a reported $5.63 million. Meanwhile, former Michigan Coach Brady Hoke reportedly made $2.3 million and an additional $3 million when his contract was bought out by U-M.

A Michigan quarterback from 1983 to 1986 as a four-year letter winner, Harbaugh finished third in Heisman Trophy voting his senior year. Harbaugh’s father, Jack Harbaugh, was on U-M Coach Bo Schembechler’s staff as a defensive coach.

The 51-year-old Harbaugh was born in Toledo, Ohio, and attended Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor before graduating from Palo Alto (Calif.) High School.

After graduating from U-M, he played 15 years in the NFL. The first-round selection of the Chicago Bears in the 1987 NFL draft, Harbaugh played seven seasons (1987-93) in Chicago, four at Indianapolis (1994-97), one in Baltimore (1998), two in San Diego (1999-2000) before retiring as a player with Carolina (2001). While with the Colts, he led the team to the AFC Championship game; was voted to the Pro Bowl; was named the 1995 Comeback Player of the Year and the AFC Player of the Year; and was runner-up in the NFL MVP voting.

He worked with the Oakland Raiders as quarterbacks coach in 2002 and 2003 before taking head-coaching jobs at the University of San Diego and Stanford University before returning to the NFL with San Francisco. He went 44-19-1 in four years with the 49ers, including 8-8 this season.

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