The rumors and reports surrounding Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh‘s potential return to the NFL have been moving at a fever pitch the past two weeks. Now, Harbaugh has finally commented on them, kinda.
Plenty of people have been saying that there is interest in Harbaugh 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 now that it’s 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. And Fox’s Jay Glazer cemented the rumors by saying Harbaugh has reached out to other coaches about potential interest in joining his staff if he does go.
Harbaugh was in Houston, Texas for the Bryant Awards when he was asked about how his name keeps coming up in the NFL rumor mill. Instead of denying anything, he decided to have a little fun with the answer.
"It's a little more enjoyable this year compared to the rumors last year, so…"
— Jason Bristol (@JBristolKHOU) January 12, 2022
“It’s a little more enjoyable this year compared to the rumors last year, so,” Harbaugh said with a smile creeping across his face.
Last year, the rumor mill had Harbaugh leaving Michigan due to an inability to take the program to the next level. He proved that wrong by beating Ohio State, winning the Big Ten, and taking the Wolverines to the College Football Playoff this season.
It remains to be seen if Harbaugh does give serious consideration to any of the NFL jobs. Wit ha 44-19 record and Super Bowl appearance in his four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, there are certainly plenty of owners who would love to have a coach with that track record right now.