Ann Arbor — Basketball legend Michael Jordan called Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh to ask him to be part of the Nike Jordan brand, but Harbaugh, in part because of a poor phone connection, wasn’t quite buying it.
Michigan football will be part of the Nike Jordan “Jumpman” line beginning next year. Jordan recently released an eight-second video welcoming Michigan as its first football program to the Jordan family.
Harbaugh, meeting media on Thursday for the first time since Aug. 6, described the phone conversation.
“My phone rang, a number I didn’t know, I said hello and didn’t catch the whole name,” Harbaugh said. “Sometimes cell phones cut out. I got part of it.
“I said, ‘Excuse me, the phone cut out, who is this? He said, ‘This is Michael Jordan.’ I said, “Come on! Come on, who is it?’ ”
“(He said), ‘This is Michael Jordan,’ ” Harbaugh said. “I said, ‘The real Michael Jordan?’ That’s kind of how it went.”
Harbaugh said his status improved with his wife.
“Sarah was very, VERY impressed,” Harbaugh said.
He was asked if the Michigan uniform will look a little odd with the “Jumpman” logo.
“It’s going to be awesome,” he said.