Jim Harbaugh tells team he's not headed for the NFL
Over the past few days, we’ve heard Jim Harbaugh’s name resurface in the NFL rumor-mill.
After the Los Angeles Rams fired Jeff Fisher earlier this week, Harbaugh’s name was floated out as a potential candidate to fill the position. There was plenty of speculation when the rumor first appeared, but several Twitter accounts confirmed his departure from Ann Arbor was a very real possibility.
Harbaugh reassured his team that he plans to remain the head coach at Michigan according to some of his players.
Dymonte Thomas said Harbaugh told the team yesterday he's not leaving for any job
— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) December 13, 2016
Erik Magnuson says Jim Harbaugh talked to the team the other day: 'He said he ain't going nowhere.'
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) December 13, 2016
Jim Harbaugh told Michigan players yesterday that rumors about the NFL are "lies made up by our enemies."
— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) December 13, 2016
It’s not uncommon for the name of a popular college coach to get tossed around towards the end of the NFL season. After back-to-back 10-win seasons and with prior experience at the NFL level, Harbaugh is a legitimate candidate to return.
Harbaugh was previously with the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-2014 and posted a 44-19-1 record with a Super Bowl appearance. In the last two years at Michigan, the Wolverines have gone 20-5.
Maybe someday Harbaugh will return to the NFL. Maybe he won’t.
But if you believe what he told his players on Tuesday, the job in L.A. won’t be the one he takes.