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Michigan AD Jim Hackett will wear yellow watch until Jim Harbaugh wins a game
ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 31: Jim Hackett speaks during a news conference after University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel named interim athletic director in the Regents Room of the Fleming Administration Building October 31, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Schlissel announced the resignation of Michigan Athletic Director David Brandon, after Brandon came under intense fire and scrutiny over the past weeks after Michigan's quarterback Shane Morris suffered a concussion during the 2014 football season. Hackett retired this year as CEO of Michigan-based furniture company Steelcase (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Since arriving as the interim athletic director for the Michigan Wolverines, Jim Hackett has an approval rating that would make any politician salivate. He has been universally praised for landing Jim Harbaugh as the head football coach, and in short, Hackett has been everything that the previous AD, Dave Brandon, was not.

Now, Hackett is showing his personal side. The 1977 graduate declared Tuesday (via Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press) that he will be wearing a yellow watch until Harbaugh wins his first game at Michigan.

“I wear this yellow watch — it’s yellow, not maize; they didn’t have maize — I wear this to remind (Harbaugh) he hasn’t won a game yet. I’m taking it off when he wins his first game.”

This is amazing, simply because Hackett “gets it”.

His choice to don the watch as a reminder of the work that is ahead is encouraging, as the Harbaugh/Hackett duo has invigorated the fan base without ever actually winning. In the same scrum, Hackett reportedly compared Harbaugh to Bo Schembechler, saying ” if (Bo) had been alive during social media, this wouldn’t feel so idiosyncratic to you”, and basically writing off any controversy surrounding the now-infamous Colin Cowherd interview.

In short, Jim Hackett is extremely capable, and this is yet another reminder. Now, Michigan fans can hope that it doesn’t take long for the AD to be “free” from the yellow watch.

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