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Ric Flair to Attend Jim Harbaugh's Michigan National Signing Day Party

Jun 11, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Ric Flair performs with the Cleveland Cavaliers mascot during the first quarter of game four of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
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Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2016

Michigan's national signing day party is about to be a Rolex wearin', diamond ring wearin', kiss stealin', wheelin' dealin', limousine ridin', jet flyin' affair.

The university announced Thursday that WWE legend Ric Flair will be a guest of head coach Jim Harbaugh for a celebrity-filled party on Feb. 3. Flair, who has a relationship with Harbaugh dating back to the coach's days with the San Francisco 49ers, will be part of Michigan's "Signing of the Stars" private event.

As noted by Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com, those not in attendance can watch at home from the Players' Tribune website. Flair will be joined by NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski, Michigan legends Desmond Howard and Denard Robinson and former coaches Mike Shanahan and Lou Holtz, among others. 

The party is a culmination of Harbaugh's, shall we say, brash recruiting tactics. He's planned a slumber party at a recruit's house and sat through a high school class with another. While the second-year coach has also drawn some criticism for his recruiting tactics, this Flair news falls way more on the silly/endearing side.

Harbaugh has been open with his love for professional wrestling and specifically Flair. He told the Stoney and Bill show (h/t Ashley Scoby of CBS Detroit) that he'd like to referee a match between Flair and Hulk Hogan and openly campaigned for The Big House to host WrestleMania.

“Why not the Big House?” Harbaugh said. “Why not? 140,000—I bet we could get in there for WrestleMania. They’re trying to break the attendance record at Jerry Jones’ stadium in Dallas. (There’s) a great Canadian presence in wrestling. Why not Michigan and the Big House?”

Flair is one of the most beloved performers in wrestling history. And even if recruits don't care about WWE Hall of Fame plaques, dude can talk his behind off. The 66-year-old Flair is one of the best promos the sport has ever seen and has proved he still has the goods while helping out his daughter Charlotte in a recent feud with Becky Lynch. His presence will surely make Michigan's national signing day memorable.    

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