After being introduced as the 20th coach in Michigan football program history, Jim Harbaugh made his return to Ann Arbor. Although he entered with a slight trip no thanks to the swarm of cameras, he made his presence felt.
"Did you see me trip?" Harbaugh quipped at those in attendance. "Any lesser athlete would've gone down."
His voice was gravely after a Gatorade bath on Sunday, but the message of Michigan was very clear.
There are no turnarounds at Michigan.
"This isn't a turnaround," Harbaugh said. "This is Michigan, there are not turnarounds at Michigan. This is greatness."
Greatness aside, Harbaugh is being tasked with improving on a 5-7 record in 2014 and was given a seven-year contract by interim athletic director Jim Hackett to do so.
Harbaugh returns to Michigan after a very successful playing career as a quarterback under legendary coach Bo Schembechler. Harbaugh reminisced about the relationship him and Schembechler shared, which also drove his desire to become coach at Michigan.
"There was a time I was sitting in Schembechler's office and I was sitting in his chair with my feet on the desk," Harbaugh recollected. "He walked in and said, "How ya doin', Jim?" And I said, "I'm doing great Bo, how you doin'?" He said, "what are ya doin'?" and I said, "I'm sitting in your chair, coach!" I couldn't think of anything better to say.
"There's been times where I've thought about it, dreamed about it, and now it's time to live it."
Despite lucrative contract offers from other NFL teams, Harbaugh elected to return to Michigan for the same amount of money San Francisco was paying him.
He insisted it wasn't about the money, this decision was made from the heart.
"I didn't have a list of pros and cons (between NFL offers and Michigan)," Harbaugh said. "This was a decision I made from the heart."