Jim Harbaugh rumors: Report indicates Minnesota Vikings never extended an offer to Michigan coach
Michigan received some good news Wednesday evening with the reports that Jim Harbaugh is returning to Ann Arbor.
After interviewing the Minnesota Vikings and flirting with a return to the NFL, Harbaugh instead elected to return to the Wolverines following his best season with the program in 2021. His return had members of Michigan’s program “elated” at his decision, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Now that Harbaugh has reportedly made his mind up, the Vikings are also setting their sights on their first choice. According to Chad Graff with The Athletic, Minnesota is expected to extend an offer to Los Angeles Rams OC Kevin O’Connell with the hiring expected to be finalized after the Super Bowl.
The Vikings are planning to make an offer to Rams OC Kevin O’Connell to become the franchise’s 10th head coach, a source confirmed news from @TomPelissero. A deal can’t be finalized until after the Super Bowl but the Vikings expect O’Connell will soon be their head coach.
— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) February 3, 2022
However, what is interesting is a report from Jon Krawczynski with The Athletic who reports that Minnesota did not extend an offer to Harbaugh on Wednesday. While Harbaugh returning to Michigan is a good sign for the Wolverines, it is fair to wonder who made the first decision during the interview process.
For what it’s worth: I’m told that the Vikings did not make an offer to Jim Harbaugh before he left town. https://t.co/Q0yG3PeVSh
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) February 3, 2022