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UM’s Harbaugh makes his wish: ‘A championship’

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Rome — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh did as the Roman tourists do and stood backwards as he tossed two coins into the Trevi Fountain.

What did he wish for?

“A championship,” Harbaugh said, smiling broadly Monday morning. “The highest one.”

The fountain, which he described as the most beautiful he has ever seen, is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and is one of the most famous in the world.

There are different sayings for tossing coins. Some say the first guarantees your return to Rome and the second is your wish. The Trevi Fountain was among the first stops on the Michigan team’s ambitious nine-hour tour of major Rome sites after they climbed the famous Spanish Steps.

When the team first stopped, the fountain was going through its daily collection of the coins, so the Wolverines returned later when Harbaugh made his throws.

He was immediately asked what he wished for and after answering, his daughter Addie playfully smacked him in the stomach upset that he shared his wish.

“Did I jinx myself?” he said, laughing.

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