Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh (sort of, but not really) addresses NFL coaching rumors

NFL coach rumors are flying after a busy Black Monday, and Jim Harbaugh has found his name at the center of many conversations.

Harbaugh has once again become a hot candidate in the coaching market after he led Michigan to a 12-2 overall record and a college football playoff appearance in 2021. Various reports have indicated that the man The 58-year-old is interested in jumping into the NFL and will at least consider the offers, but Harbaugh had not directly addressed the speculation, as of Wednesday.

During a Zoom call with reporters ahead of Paul “Bear” Bryant’s Coach of the Year awards ceremony, Harbaugh, who coached the 49ers from 2011 to 2014, was asked about his name in the rumors.

“It’s a little more enjoyable this year compared to the rumors last year,” Harbaugh said.

Well, that clears it up!

Harbaugh is certainly not wrong, as many Michigan fans clamored for a new coach after the Wolverines finished 2-4 in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Harbaugh was finally able to get over the hump in 2021, capturing his first win against Ohio State and the Big Ten championship.

Now, with six openings available in the NFL (seven if the Raiders don’t give Rich Bisaccia the permanent job) and Harbaugh’s stock at an all-time high, will he really leave his alma mater behind? In a separate interview with Sports Radio 610 in HoustonHarbaugh didn’t do much to put down the rumors, only adding that he will spend some time with his family before the recruiting season gets underway.

“Maybe we’ll find some things to do with the family tomorrow. You just have to enjoy these days with your family because we will be out recruiting in the next few days,” Harbaugh said. “It’s like the last days to spend with family, and I couldn’t think of a better place to be.”

It sure looks like you will enjoy this process a little more.