Mike Hart is standing at a podium beside Schembechler Hall and sporting a blue Michigan visor and a white Jordan Brand polo, a scrum of reporters awaiting a few feet away. It’s the third week of August, and Michigan’s fall camp is in full swing. 

The scene feels right — Hart, one of the all-time great Wolverines, is back at his alma mater after 13 years spent elsewhere. He joined Jim Harbaugh’s revamped coaching staff in February as the running backs coach and an integral component of Michigan’s offseason youth movement and culture turnover.  

Already, Hart is making a difference. In July, senior running back Hassan Haskins lauded Hart’s energy; in April, sophomore running back Blake Corum praised Hart for bringing the “spice” to the running backs’ room.