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Michigan hires Jim Harbaugh as coach, tasks him with returning football program to top

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2014, file photo, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh leaves the field after an NFL football game against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. Harbaugh was in discussions with Michigan to return to his alma mater as its new football coach, a person with knowledge of the talks said Monday, Dec. 29. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no announcement from the school or Harbaugh, who left the NFL team Sunday following its season finale. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
December 30, 2014 - 9:15 AM

It's official: Jim Harbaugh is the new coach at Michigan.

The school announced Tuesday it had hired the former Michigan star quarterback, just two days after he left his job at coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Harbaugh called it the fulfilment of a lifelong dream.

Michigan has fallen to almost unthinkable depths in recent years. Brady Hoke's uninspiring tenure followed three tumultuous seasons under Rich Rodriguez, and the only thing those two seemed to have in common was their mediocre performance. This past season was the third time in seven years Michigan finished with a losing record and the Wolverines failed to reach a bowl.

The program has not won the Big Ten since 2004.

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