What will Jim Harbaugh do?

The Michigan head coach has been reportedly interested in potentially making a return to the NFL with the Oakland Raiders; however, Oakland hasn’t made any sort of decision yet, and several candidates are on the table, including Harbaugh.

However, if Harbaugh leaves Michigan for an NFL job, Panthers head coach Matt Rhule would be very interested in the UM job, according to CBS Sports Jason La Canfora.


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Panthers’ embattled head coach Matt Rhule would be at the top of that list, league sources indicated, with Rhule already considering several college options this past season, and with him firmly on the hot seat with owner David Tepper for 2022 after receiving an eventual vote of confidence from ownership.

Rhule was keeping a close eye on the Penn State situation, sources said, where James Franklin ultimately landed a big extension, and may have pursued the LSU opening as well had they been more interested in him. With Rhule facing a pivotal third year in Carolina, with an expectation for much better results, a big-time college job opening up would draw attention.

Obviously, Michigan doesn’t want to lose Harbaugh; however, if the Wolverines were to hire Rhule to replace him, it would be considered as a very good hire.

Rhule is 10-23 over the last 2 seasons as the head coach of the Panthers. He had a very good college coaching career at Temple and Baylor. He finished with 2 straight 10-win seasons with Temple before taking the Baylor job. As the head coach of the Bears, Rhule finished with an 11-win season before heading to the NFL.