Jim Harbaugh, who will return to coaching, wonders who might do better than the No. 2 Wolverines.

Michigan (AP)—Ann Arbor Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy is excited to take some friendly pregame hits in Indianapolis from his coach, Jim Harbaugh, who has completed the Big Ten's sign-stealing punishment.

He finds me every game, typically before start, McCarthy said. He emphasizes on that first strike, which eliminates butterflies. He attempts to replicate that. “I can’t wait to return to this nice weekly tradition.”

Harbaugh began his news conference Monday by praising his assistants and players for about 10 minutes after their 30-24 win against Ohio State, which he watched at home with his wife while serving his final suspension.

“Who could have it better than us?” Harbaugh questioned reporters before his return to the No. 2 Wolverines' sideline Saturday night in Indianapolis for the Big Ten championship game against the No. 18 Iowa Hawkeyes.

Sherrone Moore replaced Harbaugh against the sixth-ranked Buckeyes. He enjoys relinquishing control. I can't wait to see him back on the field and have the players and staff view him as their leader. It will make it sweeter, he remarked.

Michigan opened the season without Harbaugh, who was punished for three games for violating NCAA regulations, and completed it without him because the Big Ten forbade him from leading them at the stadium on Penn State, Maryland, and Ohio State game days.

After the school and Big Ten struck a deal to suspend Harbaugh and complete the inquiry, Michigan dismissed linebackers coach Chris Partridge on Nov. 17.

In a Monday social media post, Partridge denied knowing about the NCAA's investigation into the Wolverines' in-person scouting and sign-stealing scheme and said he was fired for violating the school's ban on discussing the investigation with “anyone associated with the program.”