Jim Harbaugh will be returning to Michigan. After some serious flirting with a return to the NFL, the leader of the Wolverines confirmed he’ll be back in Ann Arbor for the 2022 season.

Harbaugh was a strong candidate to land the job with the Minnesota Vikings and was also rumored to be in the mix for potential jobs with the Las Vegas Raiders and Miami Dolphins. But following a second interview with the Vikings on Wednesday, Harbaugh decided he’ll stay at Michigan.

Former Michigan quarterback and current analyst Devin Gardner was asked for his thoughts on the situation during The Rally. He’s a fan of Harbaugh’s return to Ann Arbor.


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“I think it’s great! It’s great for Michigan, it’s great for the rivalry — Ohio State vs. Michigan — because you don’t want to have another drought where Michigan is now in the later parts of the year trying to find a new coach. Especially the way they played last year.”

Michigan is coming off its best season of the Harbaugh era, finishing with a 12-2 record, defeating Ohio State, winning a B1G title and earning a trip to the College Football Playoff. Once the season ended, Harbaugh repeatedly said, “It feels like the beginning.”

Gardner was also asked how young Michigan players and incoming recruits might feel about Harbaugh’s interest in the NFL. He doesn’t deny that it could be a factor.

“It’s tough. But the thing is … young recruits and young players have grown ups in their lives, right? And when you’re living your life and opportunities arise, you’re expected to try to pursue opportunities,” Gardner said. “And that was an opportunity for Coach Harbaugh.”

With the news of his return, Michigan will now begin the eighth year of the Harbaugh era in 2022.