Ann Arbor — As Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh settles into his new job, he's already making his mark on the fan base.
Harbaugh made an appearance at UM's basketball game Saturday night against Northwestern at Crisler Center. Before the game, Harbaugh went into the stands, shook hands and talked with fans in the Maize Rage student section.
Harbaugh stayed in the Maize Rage for a few minutes, giving students high-fives and taking selfies. Throughout the game, fans found their way down to Harbaugh's seating area — and he obliged them with more selfies, autographs and greetings.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Thank you Jim Harbaugh for being kind to our kids! Tim and Sally Petersen <a data-track-label="inline|intext|n/a" href="http://t.co/6oZiF2vBbi">pic.twitter.com/6oZiF2vBbi</a></p>— Sally H Petersen (@Sally32164) <a data-track-label="inline|intext|n/a" href="https://twitter.com/Sally32164/status/556657533452955649">January 18, 2015</a></blockquote>
Since being hired Dec. 30, Harbaugh has begun organizing his coaching staff and later this week, was able to begin recruiting. He also spoke Friday at the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association clinic in Lansing.
Most of Harbaugh's newly-assembled staff — including offensive coordinator Tim Drevno, defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin and running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley, a former UM standout — were at Crisler, along with recruits, Saturday night.
Harbaugh is taking over for Brady Hoke, who went 5-7 last season and didn't go to a bowl game.