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John Harbaugh confirms that his brother isn’t heading to Michigan

Andrew Luck, Jim Harbaugh

Though it’s still unclear where Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh will be coaching in 2011, it’s becoming clear where he won’t be going.

Michigan.

Word first emerged at the Big Lead earlier this week, prompting Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press to drop a deuce on the story — before arguably swiping it without attribution.

On Tuesday night, Jim’s brother (who if you’re just beginning to follow football coaches the Baltimore Ravens) talked about the situation during his weekly Baltimore radio show.

“I don’t know what he’s going to do,” John Harbaugh said, via Ken Murray of the Baltimore Sun. “I think the Michigan thing is done now.  I don’t think he’s interested in doing that, which is hard for him because he loves Michigan.  But it says a lot about Stanford and we’ll just see what happens.”

Though John’s comment seems to imply that staying at Stanford is an option, every minute that passes without an unequivocal statement from Jim that’s he’s staying put and not jumping to the 49ers (or maybe now the Raiders) will have an increasingly negative impact on recruiting.  College coaches can’t flirt or be wishy-washy.  They either must stay and say they’re staying, or go and say they’ve gone.

It’s possible that Harbaugh’s decision hinges on quarterback Andrew Luck’s, which possibly hinges on Harbaugh’s.  At some point, coach and quarterback need to sit down and devise a mutual plan for the future.  Otherwise, each man could be making an uninformed — and thus bad — decision about the present.

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16 Responses to “John Harbaugh confirms that his brother isn’t heading to Michigan”
  1. cappa662 says: Jan 5, 2011 9:10 AM

    He should go to the 49ers, so that he can kick Pete Carroll’s butt every year.

  2. jbpatsfan says: Jan 5, 2011 9:14 AM

    Don’t go to Oakland, Don’t go to Oakland, Don’t go to Oakland, Don’t go to Oakland, Don’t go to Oakland, Don’t go to Oakland, Don’t go to Oakland, Don’t go to Oakland, Don’t go to Oakland, Don’t go to Oakland, Don’t go to Oakland, Don’t go to Oakland, Don’t go to Oakland, Don’t go to Oakland, Don’t go to Oakland, Don’t go to Oakland, For God’s Sake’s Man!

    As long as Al Davis is breathing, Don’t go to Oakland!

  3. sthelen45 says: Jan 5, 2011 9:18 AM

    Ok, you can roll with this non story if you want. Although I agree that there is an almost non-existent chance that Jim ends up at UM, I don’t think his brother’s statements the morning after Stanford’s bowl game means much. First of all, it’s doubtful that he had talked to his brother yesterday morning. Secondly, he said that he ‘thinks’ the Michigan thing is done, and that he doesn’t know what Jim is going to do. Also, John isn’t dumb. I’m sure that he understands that he was asked to comment on a job that wasn’t available. Maybe I’m wrong, but this seems like some shaky evidence to tout as truth.

  4. freebird2011 says: Jan 5, 2011 9:27 AM

    The Wolverines should keep Rich Rodrieguez.

    /s/ Jim Tressel

  5. joetoronto says: Jan 5, 2011 9:30 AM

    jbpatsfan:

    You better hurry up, you’re going to miss the school bus.

  6. universalcynic says: Jan 5, 2011 9:37 AM

    “It’s possible that Harbaugh’s decision hinges on quarterback Andrew Luck’s, which possibly hinges on Harbaugh’s. At some point, coach and quarterback need to sit down and devise a mutual plan for the future. Otherwise, each man could be making an uninformed — and thus bad — decision about the present.”

    It’s also possible that you are just throwing crap against the wall.

  7. latopia says: Jan 5, 2011 9:39 AM

    Also, John isn’t dumb. I’m sure that he understands that he was asked to comment on a job that wasn’t available.

    Ain’t that the truth?

    I don’t think you can fault PFT or anyone else on this one except, perhaps, Michigan.

    Pre-Monday, UMich alumni obviously did their part to feed the beast, However, UMich admins continue to dither (on RR’s status), allowing it to starve.

    So, you’re left with the inexplicable possibility of Jim Harbaugh, 49er. But if you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to bear a quarterbacking heir.

  8. Matt-NC says: Jan 5, 2011 10:11 AM

    Harbaugh and Luck both to Carolina.

    yea right…

  9. 420fan says: Jan 5, 2011 10:16 AM

    lol @ JoeToronto

    WTF was Davis thinking getting rid of Cable tho? He went 6-0 in the division and made our team relevant again!

  10. Inside the Park says: Jan 5, 2011 11:23 AM

    Why does every team want to go after a college coach when there are so many good NFL coaches without Jobs.

    I would take John Fox, Jon Gruden, Jim Fassel over a college coach any day of the week. Even coordinators turn out to have more successful careers than college coaches…I don’t get it.

  11. indywilson40 says: Jan 5, 2011 11:24 AM

    Why isn’t Harbaugh a candidate in Carolina? Seems like Luck and Harbaugh would be a perfect fit there.

  12. radrntn says: Jan 5, 2011 11:27 AM

    @jbpatsfan says:

    I think you must mean “dont go back to oakland”

    People don’t realize, once a raider always a raider!

  13. kimcon22000 says: Jan 5, 2011 12:44 PM

    Sid LUCKman and Sliginging Sammy HARBAUGH could not save the Panthers ……..

  14. pdxbolt says: Jan 5, 2011 1:05 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Jan 5, 2011 9:30 AM
    jbpatsfan:

    You better hurry up, you’re going to miss the school bus

    ——————————————————–

    Says the guy who uses LOL more than anyone except a schoolgirl.

  15. bebopa says: Jan 5, 2011 5:24 PM

    i think hes going to the 49ers.

  16. joetoronto says: Jan 5, 2011 7:53 PM

    420fan says: Jan 5, 2011 10:16 AM

    lol @ JoeToronto

    WTF was Davis thinking getting rid of Cable tho? He went 6-0 in the division and made our team relevant again!
    ********************************************************
    I think it was a combination of losing 5 games to teams we should have beat, and Cable saying over and over again, “You can’t call us losers anymore”.

    Davis saw Cable setting the bar too low, in my opinion.

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