ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Jim Harbaugh issued a statement Thursday saying he “expects” to be coaching the Michigan football team again next season despite rumors that he is once again considering leaving for the NFL.
Here is the full statement from Michigan football’s official Twitter account:
NFL rumors have swirled around Harbaugh every offseason since he took the Michigan job back in December 2014. He seriously considered leaving for the first time last January, interviewing with the Minnesota Vikings before ultimately returning to Ann Arbor for his eighth season.
At the time, Harbaugh told Michigan athletic director Warde Manual that he would be with the Wolverines “for as long as you’ll have me,” but that didn’t stop more rumors from surfacing after the team’s loss to TCU in the playoff semifinal.
Since his return, Harbaugh has revived the Michigan program from a prior state of irrelevance. When Harbaugh arrived, Michigan was coming off its third losing season in seven years under Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke.
Since 2015, Harbaugh’s first season, Michigan is 74-25 with two Big Ten titles, two wins over Ohio State, and two College Football Playoff appearances.
The only real turbulence in the Harbaugh-Michigan relationship came after the COVID-shortened 2020 season, when the Wolverines finished 2-4. At the time, Harbaugh was 0-5 against Ohio State and hadn’t been quite able to get over the hump in big games.
That all changed the last two seasons, as Michigan won the conference back-to-back and went a combined 25-3.
This year, Harbaugh led Michigan to its first ever 13-win season. The magical run ended with a 51-45 loss to TCU in the Fiesta Bowl semifinal.
During his first stint as an NFL head coach, Harbaugh led the San Francisco 49ers to a 44-19 record across four seasons from 2011-2014. He won the NFC West twice, went to the Super Bowl once, and lost in the NFC Championship Game twice.