The one board, forum or diary topic I haven't seen is really quite simple: "Thank you, Jim." Lots of "thank yous" for Jim Hackett (well deserved) and a few others, but none that I can find for ol' #4 himself.
Our new head football coach certainly had other options open to him. Returning to Michigan may or may not have been his first choice. Nevertheless, here we are.
Some of the Edge of the Internet posts have suggested that it was the "overwhelming" support and love shown by the MGoCommunity that "surprised" him and contributed mightily to his decision to leave the NFL behind, at least for now, and return to Michigan.
Frankly, this outpouring of affection doesn't surprise me. I was fortunate enough to see his last game at Michigan Stadium in 1986. Anyone who ever watched him play all those years ago knew we had someone special at quarterback. We lost that game, of course, but his "guaranteed" win the following week is the stuff of legend and sent him out a champion in all of the ways one can be.
Thank you, Jim. Your return to the University of Michigan that so many of us love and cherish means more than you will ever know.