Jim Harbaugh is returning to the college sidelines after a successful four-year stint at the helm for the 49ers. Harbaugh took San Francisco deep into the NFL Playoffs in three of his four seasons as their head coach. Twice he lost in the NFC Championship Game, but in between those losses, Harbaugh got to Super Bowl XLVII where he lost to the Baltimore Ravens, coached by his older brother John.

Prior to hitting the NFL sidelines, Jim spent four years coaching Stanford, taking them to Bowl games in his final two seasons with the school. The 2010 campaign saw Stanford attain a 12-1 record, capped by a victory in the Orange Bowl. Now the University of Michigan is hoping their alumnist can bring similar success to the Wolverines, which was 31-20 over the past four years under the tenure of recently-fired Brady Hoke.

Hire-Harbaugh-3Harbaugh spent four years as the Quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines, amassing 43 touchdowns (31 passing) for the team between 1983 and 1986, finishing third in the Heisman ballot voting. Michigan faithful started clamoring for the school to hire Harbaugh to lead them once it became clear that neither Hoke nor Harbaugh were going to return to their respective jobs next year.

Can Harbaugh lead the Wolverines back to the point where they can defeat arch-rival Ohio State? You can bet he knows the importance of the game, and he’ll be looking to get back to the point where he can guarantee a victory over the Buckeyes like he did as a senior in 1986.