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Jim Harbaugh Is Changing The Way He Coaches

Jim Harbaugh looks content from the sidelines.

MADISON, WI - NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches action during a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The 2018 season is an incredibly important one for Michigan's football program. The Wolverines need results and they need them on the biggest of stages.

In order for this to happen, Jim Harbaugh is apparently changing the way he coaches - a little bit, anyway.

Michigan's head coach is a "changed man" ahead of the 2018 season, according to his players.

Harbaugh, 54, is taking a somewhat softer approach. His players say it is working.

From the Detroit News:

Michigan running back Karan Higdon walked into coach Jim Harbaugh’s office Thursday morning, asked how he was doing and then ... gave him a hug.

That’s sort of the thing around Schembechler Hall these days.

“Coach wants a hug, gotta give coach a hug,” Higdon said Thursday night after practice.

The players have noticed a change in their coach in large part because he sought input from them after the bowl game that capped an 8-5 season. He held a team meeting in January after the bowl game, and they shared their feelings.

That's really interesting, considering Harbaugh has often been branded as crazy intense, sometimes bordering on the extreme.

The results haven't quite been there, though. So maybe this change will help make that happen.

Michigan opens its 2018 season on Sept. 1 at Notre Dame.

[Detroit News]