Since Mike McCarthy and Green Bay split, the talk around Jim Harbaugh possibly leaving Ann Arbor to return to the NFL has certainly picked up.
Today, Harbaugh took to ESPN to dispell that talk, sharing with Adam Schefter:
“This is a choreographed message that comes up at this time every year before signing day,” Harbaugh told ESPN this weekend. “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.”
Schefter adds that Harbaugh hasn’t spoken to any NFL teams and has been on the road recruiting.
Harbaugh and the Wolverines earned a trip to the Peach Bowl with their 10-2 mark this season, and Harbaugh is 38-13 overall with the program. His overall NFL record is very similar, compiling a 44-19 mark in four seasons in San Francisco, with two first-place finishes in the NFC West and a Super Bowl XLVII appearance.
Harbaugh was winless (0-4) against rival Ohio State while led by Urban Meyer, and has two rivalry game wins against Mark Dantonio and Michigan State to be 2-6 against his two biggest rivals in Ann Arbor. With Urban out for the Buckeyes, and Ryan Day stepping in, it will be interesting to see how Harbaugh’s Wolverines will perform against their biggest rival in the years to come.