John Harbaugh says Jim Harbaugh's Michigan news conference 'was fantastic'

Michigan introduces Jim Harbaugh as its new football coach.
Michigan introduces Jim Harbaugh as its new football coach. (Rick Osentoski, USA Today Sports)

When the University of Michigan formally introduced Jim Harbaugh as their new football coach in a news conference Tuesday that felt more like a coronation, he rarely stopped smiling.

It was a sentiment shared by Ravens coach John Harbaugh when he watched his younger brother and family on television.


"I thought it was fantastic, he did a great job," John Harbaugh said of Jim Harbaugh, the former Michigan quarterback who signed a seven-year, $35 million contract to coach the Wolverines. "I liked the look in his eye. He felt right. He felt happy. I thought he was really at peace. He was excited to be there."

With Jim Harbaugh heading back to Michigan, it renews a lot of family connections in Ann Arbor, Mich. It's the college town where Jim Harbaugh played football, where John Harbaugh went to high school and where their father, Jack Harbaugh, was once an assistant coach for the late, legendary Bo Schembechler.

"I saw a lot of the old faces, the old coaches, guys that my dad coached with," John Harbaugh said. "Just the happiness of the Michigan people. It's a great day for Jim. It's a great day for his  family because Ann Arbor is such a great place.

"It's a great day for Michigan and for the Michigan family. I'm proud of him. No matter what he would have done, I would have been happy and proud for him."



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