Jim Harbaugh Contemplating Return to NFL?

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It doesn’t seem to be working out at Michigan, so it only makes sense for Jim Harbaugh to start thinking about what may be next.

And according to ProFootballTalk, that’s exactly what Harbaugh is doing, with his eyes on an NFL return.

“At Michigan, Harbaugh has lasted six years,” PFT’s Mike Florio wrote. “There’s a growing belief that he won’t be back for a seventh season, perhaps choosing to walk away before they make him run.”

The report went on to say that Harbaugh is drawing interest from the NFL. (Detroit Lions, anyone?)

Harbaugh has gone 49-23 record at Michigan in six seasons. That’s a pretty good record for most programs, but not necessarily at Michigan — especially when you’re 0-5 against Ohio State, like the Wolverines are under Harbaugh. They are also 1-4 in bowl games and 1-10 against top-10 opponents with Harbaugh at the helm.

Michigan has always expected better, and frankly, Harbaugh is used to even more success. He directed the San Francisco 49ers to a 44-19-1 record in four seasons, including the Super Bowl in 2012-13, when he lost to brother John and the Baltimore Ravens.

Today, the Wolverines are a meager 2-4. Saturday’s game against Ohio State remains up in the air. Harbaugh has lost to Indiana this season, which almost never happens at Michigan. It’s hard to envision this being anything but his final run there.

But at least he seems to have a backup plan, and that plan seems to have its eyes on him as well.


Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.


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  1. Detroit or Chicago choosing Harbaugh would be exactly what you would expect from either franchise. Leading to only another bad decision in 3 years, when they fire him. If he were to go to the Chargers, he’d have them in the Super Bowl by year 3, and be fired by year 5, however the Spanos family would never make that decision.

  2. Jim Harbaugh is an interesting character in that he may be a better NFL coach than he has been at the college ranks. Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier were failures as NFL head coaches. Pete Carroll is the only coach in recent memory who has had success at both levels. Harbaugh has been a huge disappointment at Michigan. Al lot of people assumed that he would be a thorn in Urban Meyer’s side when he was hired. Instead the Michigan/ OSU game has since become that last regular season win that OSU circles on their schedule every year.

    Not meeting high expectations comes with a cost. I’ll be surprised if Harbaugh is able to hang onto his job.

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