Jim Harbaugh put to rest Tuesday the rumors that he will be leaving Michigan football to return to a head coaching position in the NFL.
"I'm not leaving Michigan," Harbaugh told players and fans at the 96th annual Michigan football bust. "(I'm) not even considering it."
Harbaugh was addressing rumors that he was a potential match for the recently available Los Angeles Rams coaching position. The Rams fired Jeff Fisher Monday, and Harbaugh's name popped up as a possible replacement.
Jim Harbaugh takes the podium at the Michigan football bust after receiving a standing ovation. pic.twitter.com/Q6xfCMsxKY— Derick Hutchinson (@Derick_Hutch) December 14, 2016
But Harbaugh said the rumors are being leaking by Michigan's opponents to gain an advantage on the recruiting trail.
"A lot of this talk is coming from our enemies. From coaches, you know the names," Harbaugh said. "You probably know the names of the top three I'm referring to. They like to say that to the media. They like to tell that to the recruits, to their families. Try to manipulate them into going to some other school besides Michigan."
It was obvious Harbaugh isn't worried about the rumors affecting Michigan, which currently holds one of the top recruiting classes in the country. He had even more to say about his "enemies."
"We know them as jive turkeys," Harbaugh said. "Say it like it is. That's the way it is."
Jim Harbaugh: "I'll speak for me: I'm not leaving Michigan. I'm not even considering it. The talk is coming from our enemies."— Derick Hutchinson (@Derick_Hutch) December 14, 2016
The No. 6 Wolverines finished the season 10-2 and earned an Orange Bowl matchup with No. 11 Florida State on Dec. 30. Since Harbaugh took over two seasons ago, Michigan has improved from 5-7 in 2014 to a combined 20-5 in 2015 and 2016.
Michigan's improvement, along with the work Harbaugh did with Stanford and the San Francisco 49ers, has earned him a mention in almost every major coaching search.
But it doesn't sound as if Michigan has to worry about losing Harbaugh any time soon.