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Michigan fans welcome the national champions back to Ann Arbor

Michigan fans welcome the national champions back to Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Rain fell on hundreds of corn cobs and blue jackets on Michigan's practice field late Tuesday, January 9.

The Michigan football team was welcomed home after knocking off Washington to secure a perfect season and win the College Football Playoff National Championship.

The Wolverines defeated Washington 34-13 on Jan. 8 in Houston in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. It is the program's first national championship since 1997.

Related: National heroes! Michigan defeats Washington and wins its first title since 1997

Despite the bad weather, fans waited to give their team a hero's welcome. Cheers exploded and rain poured down as players and coaches waved arms.

Select chants directed toward Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and star quarterback JJ McCarthy were pressing on with attempts to capture a second national title in two years.

“Sign the contract,” fans chanted for Harbaugh, who has yet to announce a return to the Michigan line next year.

Chants of “one more year” were directed at McCarthy – the winningest quarterback in Michigan football history and expected to be selected in the first round in the NFL draft.

McCarthy responded to the overwhelming support and the big question with laughter.

“I don't know how I can leave you all,” McCarthy said. “Everything in this place is home to me.”

Details regarding the official parade celebration will be available on Wednesday, January 10, officials said. The celebration date is expected to be Saturday, January 13th.

“Saturday is the real show and I want to see everyone there,” running back Blake Corum told the crowd.

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