Jim Harbaugh put an end to any rumors that he would be fleeing Ann Arbor for the less-green pastures of Los Angeles’ NFL franchise.
“I’m not leaving Michigan,” he said during Michigan’s team banquet on Tuesday night. “I’m not even considering it.”
The notion that the second-year coach had even the slightest desire to leave his alma mater was always unbelievable, at best. His reasons for staying are innumerable. His reasons for leaving are few.
As for the rumors, which picked up steam after MMQB’s Albert Breer visited The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Friday afternoon, Harbaugh said they are being driven by coaches he recruits against.
“A lot of this talk is coming from our enemies,” he said. “From coaches who, and you know the names. You probably know the names of the top three that I’m referring to. They like to say (I’m leaving) to the media, they like to tell that to recruits and their families to try to manipulate them into going into another school besides Michigan.
“But we know them as jive turkeys.”
Harbaugh did not offer any proof to back up these allegations or provide the names of the three coaches. If “jive turkeys” are really out there spreading misinformation, it’s done little to hurt the Wolverines’ recruiting during Harbaugh’s tenure. Things have been pretty, pretty good in that department.