Jim Harbaugh said two weeks ago that he expected to remain head coach at the University of Michigan, and he’s now keeping his word, even with a few NFL franchises that have expressed interest in joining. remove.
Michigan President Santa Ono tweeted that Harbaugh called him and “shared with me the good news that he’s going to stay on as head coach of the Michigan Wolverines.”
Ono said he shared the news with Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel, whose job has become a little easier with the development.
Harbaugh confirmed the news in a Tweeter via the school, saying, “I love the relationships I have at Michigan – the coaches, staff, families, administration, President Santa Ono and especially the players and their families. My heart goes out to University of Michigan. I once heard a wise man say, ‘Don’t try to be happy.’ Go blue!”
This now removes a big name from the NFL’s offseason coaching pool.
Harbaugh, 59, was considered one of the Denver Broncos’ top candidates for the head coaching job, and the Carolina Panthers met Harbaugh in person at their current opener. He also had ties to other jobs, such as the Indianapolis Colts, for whom he played quarterback in the 1990s.
Harbaugh has been at Michigan since 2015, racking up a 74-25 record in Ann Arbor and leading the Wolverines to the college football playoffs last season. In January 2021, he signed a lucrative four-year contract extension through the 2025 season. That didn’t stop Harbaugh from flirting with the Minnesota Vikings over their head coaching job the final offseason before to return to college and Minnesota opted to hire Kevin O’Connell.
But there is now a question if Harbaugh will ever return to the NFL coaching ranks.
He spent four years as head coach of the 49ers from 2011 to 2014, leading the team to three NFC Championship games and losing Super Bowl XLVII to the Ravens, coached by his brother, Jim. His 44-19-1 record gives Harbaugh a .695 winning percentage, which puts him behind just one active coach (Matt LaFleur of Green Bay at .712) and four Pro Football Hall of Fame coaches (Guy Chamberlin, John Madden, Vince Lombardi and George Allen) on the all-time list.
Harbaugh might be willing to listen to future offers and could still have an NFL team or two interested each January. But it’s now been two straight years in which he’s made overtures to NFL teams about vacancies before turning around and returning to Michigan, where he first played and where he is now. coach.
At least for one more year, you can stop logging Harbaugh to open NFL jobs.