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Michigan holds quiet Signing Day

Harbaugh, though, said he plans to move forward with another international trip with his players this spring a year after taking them to Italy.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh dialed down the hype on signing day after being part of pomp and circumstance the previous two years at a downtown theater and the school's basketball arena.

When asked why, Harbaugh said at his news conference at the football performance center Schembechler Hall, "It's just what we decided to do."

It was reflective of Wednesday's national signing day, which was relatively calm after most FBS teams filled the majority of their 2018 classes in December. Most schools were just topping their classes on the traditional February date - the first Wednesday of the month.

But the low-key venue at Michigan may have something to do with Harbaugh coming off an eight-win season after earning 10 victories in each of his first two seasons with the Wolverines. And, a relatively lackluster recruiting class ranked No. 21 might have also been a factor.

Harbaugh, though, said he plans to move forward with another international trip with his players this spring a year after taking them to Italy.

"We hope and are planning to go abroad: Paris and Normandy," he said.

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