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The buzz of the impending announcement of Michigan's new football coach Tuesday has the UM campus abuzz.

Jim Harbaugh is expected to be introduced at noon as the successor to Brady Hoke, who was fired earlier this month.

But don't try to include coach John Beilein in the fervor around Ann Arbor, as Beilein is more focused on the Big Ten opener against Illinois at Crisler Center at 3 p.m.

"There's enough going on in my life just trying to beat Illinois tomorrow to worry about (the new coach)," Beilein said Monday. "We have a great crowd regardless of whether we have a coaching announcement.

"I know everybody's looking forward to filling that position and moving forward with it so we all can plan. If it's part of our game, it's tremendous; if not, it's still going to be a good game."

Harbaugh is expected to be at the Michigan-Illinois game and could be introduced before the game or at halftime.

Getting Harbaugh is something of a coup for interim athletic director Jim Hackett, who replaced Dave Brandon last month. But because of Hackett's search for a new football coach, Beilein hasn't seen much of his new boss.

"We've had so little contact since he came here because of (the search). We've had some contact and he's kept me in the loop a little bit on what's going on," Beilein said. "I'd probably get fired if I told you what's going on. He's kept me in the loop just enough.

"He and I will talk and he's certainly done a good job thus far. Everybody's excited about how he's in a very difficult time handled all this adversity."

Beilein is in his eighth season as basketball coach and Harbaugh would be the third football coach during his tenure.

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