Now that he's on the precipice of being announced as the new head coach at Michigan, if you're not super well versed in the background of the former Michigan quarterback, here's a crib sheet on all things Jim Harbaugh:
He's actually an Ohio Man
If you want to be technical about it, Jim Harbaugh was born in Toledo, so maybe he isn't 100% a "Michigan Man" after all.
He's following in his father's footsteps
Jack Harbaugh, the patriarch of the famous football family, was an assistant coach for Michigan. Jack was also a running backs coach at Stanford while his son was the head coach there.
Harbaugh was a first round NFL draft pick
Not only was Jim Harbaugh a winning quarterback while donning maize and blue on Saturdays (he finished third in the Heisman balloting his senior year while leading Michigan to an 11-2 record and a 26-24 win over Ohio State in Columbus), he was amongst the best in the country on that year's draft boards and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the first round (pick No. 26 overall).
That win over Ohio State his senior year? He called his own shot
In 2000, Urban Meyer and Harbaugh were doing very different things
At the turn of the century, the current/future head coaches of Ohio State and Michigan were at completely different places in their career. Harbaugh was suiting up for his 14th and final season in the NFL and Meyer was in his fifth year as assistant coach at Notre Dame. Despite their different career paths, they will be on opposite sidelines during one of college football's best rivalries in 2015.
His NFL resume speaks for itself
While the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Jim Harbaugh racked up the fifth best winning percentage in NFL history trailing just the great John Madden, Vince Lombardi, and George Allen and four time NFL champion Guy Chamberlin (predating the existence of the Super Bowl).
Though his time in San Francisco dematerialized for a variety of reasons (Niners brass claimed his abrasive nature had worn thin with the club's veterans while scuttlebutt was that the players loved him but he didn't get along with ownership and upper management), whomever the Niners hire will almost assuredly have accomplished less than Harbaugh did.
In four season with the club, Harbaugh never had a losing record, won an NFC title before losing to brother John in that year's Super Bowl, and reached two other NFC Championship Games.
His college coaching track record is pretty top shelf to boot
Harbaugh took non-scholarship offering University of San Diego and took them to consecutive 11-1 seasons almost overnight. His worst season in three years with the Toreros was a 7-4 inaugural campaign in which USD bounced back from a 2-4 start to finish 7-4.
Stanford was a slower rebuild, but he took a team that had been 1-11 and turned them into a BCS bowl winner and perennial national contender, even after he'd moved on to the professional ranks. His first year included the kind of brashness he's often affiliated with when he was openly quoted as saying that USC coach Pete Carroll wouldn't be around but for one more season after that year (spoiler: he was half right; Carroll left after two).
The Cardinal entered that year's game against then No. 1 USC and sprung the most improbable point spread upset in college football history. Though Michigan has considerably more talent than that Stanford team did, it's possible the Wolverines stumble against some of the same teams they did in 2014 but get a big scalp or two in his first year as well.
In 2010, Harbaugh's final year, they absolutely waxed Virginia Tech 40-12 in the Orange Bowl, and apropos of nothing, Harbaugh would win the Woody Hayes Coach of the Year Award.
Harbaugh isn't quite as young as you might think
Maybe it's because he hasn't been a coach for quite as long, or because he usually wears baseball caps, but Jim Harbaugh is actually seven months older than Urban Meyer. And bizarrely enough, they were born in the very same Toledo hospital.
His Big Ten bonafides go beyond football
Harbaugh's brother-in-law is Tom Crean, head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers basketball team.