Harbaugh Delivers Halftime Speech

Watch newly named Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh addressed the Crisler Center crowd during U-M's basketball halftime against Illinois.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Just hours after officially being named as Michigan’s football coach, Jim Harbaugh introduced himself to the public for the first time in front of the sold out crowd at Michigan’s basketball game at the Crisler Center today.

With tickets selling as high as $170 on ticket resale website Stubhub.com, Harbaugh gave the sold out crowd a speech they were looking for.

“Thank you very much,” Harbaugh said. “Obviously this crowd does not need to be motivated. Thank you for the enthusiasm and support. Even though I haven’t done a darn thing. It was much appreciated. I pledge to you we will do our very best to carry on the great traditions Michigan excellence all across the board . what I ask, is this is a team effort. That it’s the faculty. It’s the alumni. It’s the students. It’s the sudent-athletes. Everybody that is for us, is for us. Thank you very much. You know how to make a guy feel at home. My family and I appreciate it very much – and I love you too.”

Harbaugh, who has spent the past four seasons as the San Francisco 49ers coach, signed a seven year contract worth $5 million annually to become U-M’s next coach. In four years as the 49ers head coach, Harbaugh complied as 49-22-1 record. He led the 49ers to three straight NFC championship and Super Bowl XLVII.

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