Like Michigan fans around the country, you may be a little perplexed and nonplussed about the Michigan coaching situation. However, I'd like to give you a little perspective. Regardless of who is coaching you during your four (or perhaps five) years at Michigan, you will have a quality individual for a coach, and you will have opportunities that you've never dreamed of. Nowhere else can you combine the academic excellence of Michigan with the ability to demonstrate your athletic excellence. Nowhere else can you play week in and week out before over 100,000 fans with every game televised nationally so your friends and relatives can see you perform even when they can't get to the game. You may have heard about the so-called Michigan Man (or Woman). It's not a myth. Just ask Chad Henne or Mike Hart or Charles Woodson or Jim Mandich or Desmond Howard. You will get a warm feeling when you walk down the street wearing a Michgan cap and someone says Go Blue -- and that can happen anywhere. For me recently it happened on a street in a small town in Italy. I know you may want to know who your coach will be for the next several years, but in this day and age, there are no guarantees. Do you think the players who committed to Florida two years ago ever thought that Urban Meyer wouldn't be there forever. You might be inclined to go to Alabama, but do you know how many different jobs Nick Saban has had in the last decade. Some of you may be picking your school with a view to a career in the NFL, but if you're good enough you will make the NFL regardless of where you matriculate. But, if you come to Michigan, you will get an education that will open doors for you the rest of your life even if your NFL career is frustrated by an injury. Just ask Antonio Bass, who was a lock for college and pro stardom until he destroyed his knee in a pick-up game. All this is a long way of saying, you will do fine at Michigan regardless of whether Rich Rodriguez or Jim Harbaugh or someone else is the Michigan coach. Come to Michigan!
"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.