Official: Jim Harbaugh is Michigan's Coach

After arriving in Ann Arbor this evening, former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has reportedly signed a contract to be Michigan's next coach, making his return to the Wolverines official after months of speculation.

Per multiple reports, including the Free Press and Detroit News, Jim Harbaugh has officially signed the papers to become Michigan’s next football coach.

Details of the contract have yet to be released but several previous reports indicated Michigan’s offer to Harbaugh was for six years and $48 million, good for $8 million per year with incentives included, which if true, would make Harbaugh the highest paid coach in college football.

Harbaugh’s private jet landed in Detroit an hour ago, along with a separate plane carrying his father Jack, a former assistant coach on Michigan’s staff in the late 1970’s.

The news comes one day after Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers officially agreed to part ways, opening the door for Harbaugh’s highly coveted return to Ann Arbor.

In four seasons in the NFL, all of which came with the 49ers, Harbaugh amassed a 44-19-1 record with three playoff appearances, three trips to the NFC championship game and one trip to the Super Bowl, a loss to the Ravens, coached by his brother John.

Harbaugh’s signature with Michigan also brings to an end any speculation of an NFL franchise -- most notably the Oakland Raiders -- swooping in to grab him at the last minute.

The move marks the return of Harbaugh to the college game where he found a great deal of success reviving programs at San Diego and Stanford, coaching seven seasons to finish with a 58-27 record as well as an Orange Bowl victory with the Cardinal in 2010.

Perhaps most importantly, Harbaugh’s decision unites a fan base desperately seeking a winner and brings instant credibility to the value of the Michigan head coaching position, able to steal the hottest available football coach at any level.

Following his final win as 49ers coach Sunday, Harbaugh was asked if he had accepted the Michigan job, responding by stating, “There will announcements made concerning those things.”

And that official announcement is expected to come Tuesday at a noon press conference, according to various reports.

The Michigan basketball team also opens the Big Ten conference season with a 3 p.m. tip at Crisler Center against Illinois.

Harbaugh is expected to be introduced to the crowd at some point before or at halftime of that contest, already a reported sellout.

Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more on Jim Harbaugh’s return to Michigan.

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