My Grandpa bought the book Michigan Memories: Inside Bo Schembechler's Football Scrapbook for me several years ago. In the book is a story about Jim Harbaugh entitled Early Maize and Blue Blood. There are several very interesting comments from Harbaugh and I thought I would share them (fyi the book was published in 1998).
"I lived and died with Michigan, there's absolutely nothing on earth like a football Saturday in Ann Arbor. That's what I lived for. On Friday nights I never slept, I got so keyed up for the games."
"When you play at Michigan you can't help but feel all of the great players and coaches who performed before you. That helped give you a toughness for not letting them down. And no one ever wanted to let Bo down."
"I could never repay Michigan for everything it's done for me and my family.* Not just for the opportunity in football, but for everything it's meant to my life. Anyone who has gone to Michigan will tell you the same thing."
The article concludes with this:
Of all Harbaugh's Michigan football memories, one of his fondest came in 1985 after the Wolverines beat Ohio State, 27-17, in Michigan Stadium. After the game, Bo called Harbaugh into his office. " Do you realize how much you meant to Michigan today? Do you realize how proud your parents are of you?" - "I'll never forget that moment."
Obviously things can change over time, but I think that Harbaugh still has a love of Michigan football, and being head coach is something he won't pass up. Make us proud again Jim!
*Yes, you can.