Jim Harbaugh gives boldest declaration yet since returning to Ann Arbor when speaking of rivals

In his six seasons as head coach of the Michigan Wolverines, Jim Harbaugh has compiled a 49-22 overall record, while going 34-16 in Big Ten Play. But he’s earned scrutiny and criticism for a winless record against chief rival Ohio State as well as failing to appear in the College Football Playoffs.

The school saw fit to extend his contract through 2025, albeit at a reduced salary. And while he remains winless against chief rival Ohio State and only 3-3 against the Michigan State Spartans, he had a rather bold declaration during today’s Big Ten Media Day press conference.

“I’m here before you, I’m as excited and enthusiastic as I always am,” Harbaugh explained. “Even more to have at it to win a championship and to beat Ohio. Our rival Michigan State, everybody – that’s what we’re going to do. And we’re going to do it or die trying.”

“It feels good to be back. … It’s great to see everybody. I know I’m here to have a really good day visiting with all the coaches and to see the players. This is a special day for the players to come to Media Day.”

You can bet that quote is going right on the bulletin boards in the locker rooms of the Buckeyes and Spartans.