The rumor mill has been churning all week about whether not Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh might return to the NFL following their 12-2 season that ended in the College Football Playoff.

Plenty of people has been saying that there is interest from the Las Vegas Raiders while it’s been reported that Harbaugh had his eye on the New York Giants job. Meanwhile, many are presuming that the Chicago Bears job might be an ideal fit once it becomes available. A lot of fuel was added to the fire when a Michigan recruit’s dad told reporters that Harbaugh said he would “entertain” NFL offers.

On Sunday, Fox’s Jay Glazer provided an interesting update regarding just how far along Harbaugh might be in the process.

“I can tell you this, Jim Harbaugh has been calling around asking for people in case he gets an NFL job if they would join his staff,” Glazer said. “He is interested in possibly returning to the NFL.”

Harbaugh said after Michigan’s loss to Georgia in the Orange Bowl that he views this season as a beginning for the program. However, it does seem like he’s at least kicking the tires on the NFL once more.

It’s easy to understand why he might want to. In a season when he finally slew the Buckeye beast and won the Big Ten, Harbaugh’s team still wasn’t able to match up with the SEC powerhouses who seem to compete for the national title year in and year out. While it’s possible Michigan will continue to compete at that high level, it’s going to be extremely hard to out-recruit and out-play Georgia, Alabama, and other SEC titans from here on out.

Meanwhile, Harbaugh went 44-19-1 in four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, including a Super Bowl appearance. By all accounts, he’s proven he can win there, unlike other college football coaches, and would likely love the challenge (and paycheck) that come with it.

We’re guessing we’ll be hearing a lot more about Harbaugh’s potential interest this week once Black Monday has passed and we know how many NFL jobs are available.

[Muhtacin]

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