Jim Harbaugh squashed the drama — for now. He told ESPN he plans to stay at Michigan. Harbaugh said he’s not leaving for the NFL this offseason.
“This is a choreographed message that comes up at this time every year before signing day. It’s people spreading messages to further their own personal agenda.
“But I’m on record right here, right now: I’m not going anywhere. I’m staying at Michigan. We have big plans here, and there’s a lot we want to accomplish.”
Over the last week, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum and FOX Sports’ Cris Carter propagated a rumor that Harbaugh could leave Michigan. Carter went so far as to say that Harbaugh was potentially trying to leave the Wolverines. Finebaum, meanwhile, suggested there were whispers around the NFL that he would be atop coaching candidate lists. There will be a handful of good openings for Harbaugh in Green Bay and Cleveland. The New York Jets gig, if it opens, could also interest Harbaugh. But alas, that discussion is moot.
Here is what Carter said on FOX’s “First Things First” last week.
Finebaum said on ESPN’s “First Take” that he thought this offseason would be the perfect time for Harbaugh to leave Michigan.
“On the NFL side, there are plenty of whispers out there because of the multitude of jobs that Harbaugh would be on many people’s lists (for). I think he would be a very good NFL coach. He’s already proven that in San Francisco. I don’t think he has anything to gain and a lot to lose at Michigan. Next year, the game (against Ohio State) is in Ann Arbor. If he loses to Ryan Day — I’m not laughing at Ryan Day. Well… Ryan Day hasn’t accomplished anything other than win three games (while Meyer was suspended at the beginning of the 2018 season). The biggest win of his career is over TCU — a lousy TCU team at that.
“So that’s a high-wire, high-risk opportunity for Jim Harbaugh to look even worse than he does already. So I don’t know what’s inside Jim Harbaugh’s mind. I don’t think anyone does. I’d love to do a reality series about it. But I think he would very anxiously get out of there.”