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It was a bad day to be a Buckeye.
First, Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud decided to enter the NFL Draft on Monday – the last day to declare after leaving Buckeye fans with false hopes for days and weeks.
Then, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who has defeated Ohio State twice in a row now by double digits, decided to forego any possible NFL opportunities and stay at Michigan.
Michigan president Santo Ono said Monday afternoon that Harbaugh would be returning for the 2023 season after considering a possible move to the NFL for the second straight year.
“I just got off the phone with Coach Harbaugh, and Jim shared with me the great news that he is going to remain as the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines,” Ono said on Twitter. “That is fantastic news that I have communicated to our athletic director Wade Manuel. Go Blue.”
Jim Harbaugh Interviewed With Minnesota Vikings Last Year
Harbaugh interviewed for the Minnesota Vikings head coaching job after the 2021 season, but he did not receive an offer. Minnesota instead hired Kevin O’Connell, who took the Vikings to the playoffs. Harbaugh interviewed for the Denver Broncos head coaching job last week. And again, he did not get an offer.
This may be because Harbaugh is seen as a headache by management in NFL circles. He tends to want to control everything.
A Proven, Winning Coach In The NFL
Still, Harbaugh took the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII in the 2012 season before losing to his brother John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens. After regular seasons of 13-3, 11-4-1 and 12-4 and three NFC Championship Games, he fell to 8-8 at San Francisco in the 2014 season.
Michigan hired Harbaugh following the 2014 season. After losing to Ohio State in his first five tries, he has beaten Ohio State the last two straight years by 42-27 and 45-23 and reached the College Football Playoff each time. His popularity is rising like his salary.
Harbaugh agreed to a new, $37-million, five-year contract last February after putting his name out there for NFL jobs. He made $7.05 million in 2022. He will make $7.63 million in his last year of the deal in 2026 – if he sticks around.