Report: Jim Harbaugh to participate in ESPN's Playoff coverage

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Jim Harbaugh to participate in ESPN Playoff coverage
Wednesday January 7th, 2015

New Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh will be able to give the Wolverines some national exposure when he participates in ESPN's TV coverage of the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, the Detroit Free-Press reported Tuesday night.

Harbaugh, who was hired to replace Brady Hoke last month, is reportedly a confirmed guest on ESPN's coverage of the title game between vs. No. 2 Oregon and No. 4 Ohio State.

Harbaugh's role on air has yet to be acknowledged by the network, whose programming for the game on Monday begins at 3 p.m. ET with College Football LiveCollege GameDay, ESPN's trademark college football pre-game show, will begin at 4 p.m., followed by a series of pre-game programming.

• Michigan hires D.J. Durkin as defensive coordinator

Kickoff is slated for 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

The potential exposure for Michigan is especially valuable considering the recruiting dead period continues through Jan. 14, meaning coaching staffs are unable to contact recruits until after that deadline.

- Mike Fiammetta

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