College football columnist says there's 'virtually no NFL market' for Jim Harbaugh
Jim Harbaugh, thought to be on the hot seat at Michigan, may not have an escape to the NFL like was previously thought.
This is the opinion of Yahoo! Sports columnist Pete Thamel who says that Harbaugh doesn’t exactly have NFL suitors knocking down the door to bring him in.
Writing that “The safe prediction is that either Michigan or Texas opens, but likely not both,” Thamel notes that this will be an unusual offseason around college football when it comes to head coaching jobs. Of particular note, Thamel said that Wolverines head coach doesn’t have much of an NFL market. Michigan started the season No. 15 in the AP Top 25 poll but have fallen to 2-4.
Their most recent loss came on Saturday to previously winless Penn State (now 1-5). Rumors last month said that Harbaugh, who was head coach of the San Francisco 49ers for four seasons where his team made the Super Bowl, is intrigued in a return to the NFL.
Thamel doesn’t see that in the cards:
Harbaugh is so strange and aloof that his own staff isn’t really sure what he’s thinking. There’s virtually no NFL market for Harbaugh, even with seven or eight jobs open. And there’s also not a raging desire to fire him. But there’s also not a lot of talent in the program or hope for the immediate future.
It’s no secret that the Michigan fanbase is turning against Harbaugh, who once was a star quarterback for the Wolverines. He is 49-22 in what is now his sixth season at Michigan.
He has yet to beat Ohio State and is 1-4 in bowl games at Michigan.