Friday marked a historic day in Ann Arbor. Warde Manuel got his formal introduction as the university’s new athletic director and officially became the 13th person to ever hold that position.

Jim Harbaugh was on hand to watch his former teammate/new boss. He spoke to the media afterwards about his relationship with Manuel and what he expects him to bring to the table.

But naturally, the conversation shifted to recruiting.

Harbaugh got his first chance to address the media following the wave of decommittments, two of which were reportedly because the coaching staff didn’t guarantee their scholarships would be available on National Signing Day next week.

Though he still can’t address unsigned recruits by name, Harbaugh discussed the issue.

Harbaugh was under fire from national media after he reportedly didn’t talk to former UM commit Erik Swenson over the phone to let him know there was no longer a scholarship for him.

Whether or not Harbaugh will ever get into specifics after Swenson signs elsewhere remains to be seen. But Michigan’s former AD Jim Hackett also defended Harbaugh against those attacking his morality during the recruiting process.

Harbaugh only was available to speak to the media briefly because he had to catch a plane.

With National Signing Day less than a week away, Harbaugh will likely be spending plenty of time bouncing around the country.