When the 2020 season was officially over, there was a lot of chatter about the status of Jim Harbaugh’s future. For a brief period of time, it seemed unclear whether or not he would return to Ann Arbor for his seventh season.

Fast forward a few months and Harbaugh has started another spring season at Michigan. He’s inked a four-year extension and is preparing to lead the Wolverines in 2021 following a disappointing 2-4 campaign.

Defensive back Brad Hawkins says that he, and his teammates, were excited when Harbaugh officially signed the contract extension.

“We’re all excited he got his extension,” Hawkins said, according to Angelique Chengelis of The Detroit News. “We want him to be here. We want to play for him. That’s our coach. We love him.”

Hawkins’ words echo what former wide receiver Nico Collins recently told The Spun in an interview. Collins said, “you’re wrong” if you don’t believe Harbaugh is the guy for the job at Michigan.

Harbaugh’s career at Michigan has been largely successful — by most standards. The Wolverines are 49-22 with a 34-16 mark in B1G play. They’ve hit the 10-win mark three times and have only had one losing season, which came last fall.

But Michigan’s 0-5 record against Ohio State and inability to win a division title have been knocks against Harbaugh. He’ll get at least a few more chances to fix those areas of concern.

And he’ll have the full support of his players while attempting to hurdle those obstacles.