Same message: Jim Harbaugh confirms he still wants to be the head coach at Michigan
During his weekly appearance with Jon Jansen and Mike “Stoney” Stone on 97.1 The Ticket on Tuesday, Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh reiterated his desire to remain in the role.
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Asked if he wants to coach Michigan in 2021, Harbaugh was succinct in his response and downplayed any interest in potential National Football League openings.
“Yeah, I do, yes,” he said, via The Detroit News’ Angelique Chengelis.
“I don’t really have anything to say because I don’t have any real interest in listening to that kind of stuff. I think you know me by now. I always let the actions speak for what you have to say.
“I’ve always thought this, that your actions speak so loudly that people can’t hear what you’re saying. I’ll let the actions speak as they have in the past.”
Quarterbacking the Wolverines from 1982-86, Harbaugh played 15 seasons in the NFL with the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens, San Diego Chargers and Carolina Panthers.
Serving as an unpaid assistant coach for his father, Jack’s, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers during the final eight years of his professional career, he began coaching full-time as the Oakland Raiders’ quarterbacks coach from 2002-03.
Harbaugh received his first head coaching opportunity with the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) San Diego Toreros in 2004 and he parlayed his success there into the Stanford Cardinal job in 2007.
After four seasons with the Cardinal, he made the jump back to the NFL, coaching the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-14, leading the team to Super Bowl XLVII, where they fell to his brother, John’s, Baltimore Ravens.
Now in his sixth year at the helm in Ann Arbor, Harbaugh’s original seven-year contract runs through the 2021 season. To avoid uncertainty and negative recruiting, Michigan would, understandably, like to sign him to an extension, preventing him from becoming a lame duck coach.