Jim Harbaugh is making his media rounds this week.
Harbaugh, who is in Chicago for Big Ten Media Days, is preparing for his turn at the podium on Friday. Returning to the city where he spent six years at quarterback for the Bears, he spent some talking to his former teammate, Tom Waddle, on the Waddle and Silvy Show on ESPN 1000.
Speaking about a variety of topics, Harbaugh was asked about the Bears head coach job opening that was available during the time he was courted by Michigan.
Despite the history between the two and the affinity for his former head coach, Mike Ditka, there was really only one destination he had in mind.
“I pretty much decided that when they asked me to be the Michigan coach I was going to be the Michigan coach,” Harbaugh admitted. “That’s what I wanted to do. I did not go through a pro and cons list or kind of weigh any other options. It was a decision made from the heart. It’s what I wanted to do.
“A day or two later I was doing it. There wasn’t any thinking or speculation on my part.”
Harbaugh doesn’t need to be reminded of the pressure he faces as the headman of the Wolverine program. It comes built-in and also wired into his system.
But returning home, as well as being the head coach of his alma mater, means much more than a fairytale ending. The task at hand is also personal to him.
“It means I have to do a good job,” Harbaugh added. “It’s more than personal. I grew up there as a youngster, went to school there as a student athlete in college and now back coaching. Can’t screw it up. I have to do good. That’s the way we’re approaching things and I’m proud to report that things are going well.”
It also helps he’s surrounded by people he loves, too.
“I'm proud to have a great job like this and to be able to do what I love at a place I love with people that I truly love,” Harbaugh said. “It's all good.”