Jim Harbaugh says he’s not leaving Michigan

AP

Jim Harbaugh has stayed at each of his other coaching jobs for exactly four years. He’s staying at Michigan, where he has worked for only three years.

Via Angelique Chengelis of the Detroit News, Harbaugh said after Monday’s Something-Or-Other Bowl game loss that he has not coached his final game at Michigan.

Unless this was an “I’m not going to not be the Michigan coach” moment, it’s safe to scratch Harbaugh’s name off the list of potential coaches in places like Indianapolis and Chicago, teams for which he played during his NFL career. The quarterback in Indianapolis is also a guy Harbaugh coached at Stanford, making the potential connection even stronger.

But Harbaugh has put the matter to rest. He’s not leaving. At least until next year, when his fourth season in Michigan will have ended.

48 responses to “Jim Harbaugh says he’s not leaving Michigan

  1. Remember when the media was propping this guy up as a top 3 football coach in the world? BB, Saban and Harbaugh – that was the best there was.

    I guess we’ve seen what he really is….

  2. Put this in the “what the heck else is he supposed to say” category. Irsay should give him a blank check and get him to the Colts at all costs

  3. We don’t need him. We can always watch a Johns head explode for entertainment like a touchdown on 4th and 13.

  4. Harbaugh has won 28 games in his first 3 seasons at Michigan. For comparison Nick Saban won 26 games in his first 3 seasons at LSU. Harbaugh will be fine.

  5. I’m just glad a lot of people are finally seeing this guy for what he really is. He never had to build anything at Stanford and Santa Clara. He was gifted Andrew Luck at Stanford and the Niners were built to win before he got there. To be honest him not winning a championship at Santa Clara proves he’s not that good. Now he has control of Michigan and he’s doing exactly what I thought he would do. Getting good recruits yet getting beat by better coaches. He’ll flame out and he’ll get a good situation in the NFL and he won’t put them over the top. I’d be shocked if he ever sees a banner raised unless he’s playing against the defending champions first game of the year and sees theirs raised.

  6. He turned Michigan around. He turned the 49ers from losers to winners. The Niners went to 3 straight NFC Championship games under Harbaugh and they have not had a winning record after he left. He turned Stanford into a nationally ranked team. He has a good track record. People who put him down do not have facts on their side. The one thing he has not done is to win the NCAA Championship or the Super Bowl, but he came close, closer than a lot of other coaches.

  7. number1hawkfan says:
    January 1, 2018 at 5:20 pm
    I’m just glad a lot of people are finally seeing this guy for what he really is. He never had to build anything at Stanford and Santa Clara. He was gifted Andrew Luck at Stanford and the Niners were built to win before he got there. To be honest him not winning a championship at Santa Clara proves he’s not that good. Now he has control of Michigan and he’s doing exactly what I thought he would do. Getting good recruits yet getting beat by better coaches. He’ll flame out and he’ll get a good situation in the NFL and he won’t put them over the top. I’d be shocked if he ever sees a banner raised unless he’s playing against the defending champions first game of the year and sees theirs raised.

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    If he goes to Indy he can probably get a banner raised.

  8. Based on his tenure with the Niners and his inability to get along with the players and the front office, he stays a college coach. Bottom line, he can’t bully people at the NFL level like he can as a college coach. At a school like Michigan, the football coach is God. He won’t have that kind of power as an NFL coach.

  9. I’d love to see Harbaugh stay at Michigan, and Urban Meyer stay at Ohio State. Harbaugh is a Michigan man, and he’s returned them to respectability. There’s no doubt in my mind Harbaugh could get the Colts to the super bowl with a healthy Andrew Luck, but I’d rather see him stay at Michigan. I trust Chris Ballard to hire a coach that’s going to be around for ten years, and get the Colts back to being one of the top teams in the NFL.

  10. No doubt he’s a good coach but that’s only when the personnel is there for him. At San Francisco he could run the ball down other teams throats due to having the best o line in the league, and the defense could stifle teams as well. His personnel in Michigan is no where near that good. Maybe in Alabama it would be

  11. “The Niners went to 3 straight NFC Championship games under Harbaugh and they have not had a winning record after he left.”

    They had the best roster in the league for that three year period, and were in position to win at least one Super Bowl, and get to two others, and they ended up with nothing. A good part of that was due to coaching decisions in the games.

  12. firejerry says:
    January 1, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    In 3 years at Michigan, he has done nothing………..
    …………..
    Last season Michigan was one bad call away from the playoff. A four team playoff. Yall watch too much tv. This year we had QB problems. But Im sure you know about all those injuries right?? Jim is doing fine. I like it when he upsets people when all they have to do is read his name.

  13. I can’t tell the difference between Harbaugh and Hoke or Rodriguez. All middle of the road coaches. Purdue was the only team with a winning record that Michigan beat this year. And Purdue didn’t become a 7-6 team until their bowl game win.

  14. This Colts fan, still wondering how his name got into the “Ring of Honor” at Lucas Stadium, wonders why talking heads even speculate he would return to Indy except our owner is Jimmy Irsay.

  15. He didn’t turn Stanford around. He was gifted Andrew Luck and Stanford has been fine since he left. He didn’t turn the niners around. They drafted all those players before he got there and they were in their prime when he showed up. He’s never won anything and if vegas would take my bet that he never will I’d gladly put a lot on it. When he’s had great teams he’s come up short and when he’s a half mediocre teams he’s been just that mediocre. This pedestal some of you have put him on is about as stable as his personality.

  16. As soon as he had his players and not Hoke’s things will be so much better. Plus one of top QBs is transferring in. On paper they are more talented than Ohio State.

  17. “He was gifted Andrew Luck at Stanford and the Niners were built to win before he got there”

    Umm. You do know he recruited Andrew Luck and they had 2 wins before he got there? Niners were 6-10 and he turned them to SB contenders. Then again , my bad for expecting a Seagulls fans to know anything about football.

  18. “I would take him to be the Dallas Cowboys head coach in a minute”

    Sorry, Jerry says only “yes men” need to apply to be his head coach

    Jim is not a “yes man” it’s the same reason he’s no longer in San Francisco

  19. I don’t know who would want his services? He is lost if the college ranks. If he thinks a drop back QB who isnt mobile, cant run the play option, will work in college he is wrong. Besides they have no one to pass to.
    This team was super over rated last year mostly because of him. I would not be shocked to see them go 8-5 again next year or worse and the alumni saying time to go Jimmy.

  20. mazenblue says:
    January 1, 2018 at 7:05 pm
    firejerry says:
    January 1, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    In 3 years at Michigan, he has done nothing………..
    …………..
    Last season Michigan was one bad call away from the playoff. A four team playoff. Yall watch too much tv. This year we had QB problems. But Im sure you know about all those injuries right?? Jim is doing fine. I like it when he upsets people when all they have to do is read his name.

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    Only four starters back next year and AT Ohio State for another loss in that series. Let’s hear what you say after the season…

  21. mazenblue says:

    Last season Michigan was one bad call away from the playoff. A four team playoff. Yall watch too much tv. This year we had QB problems. But Im sure you know about all those injuries right?? Jim is doing fine. I like it when he upsets people when all they have to do is read his name.

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    Weren’t they one boneheaded head coach’s sideline tantrum penalty away from the playoff?

    Hairball stinks. Michigan is perennially one of the most talented teams in college football. They have a huge football market to recruit from, have money galore and yet Hairball has never equaled Brady Hoke’s best season. They were 8-5 and were the lone Big10 school to lose a bowl game.

    He’s a humiliation! Unless you are a fan of a different conference school.

    I really liked what Dantonio said when asked about the snub of MSU playing in the Holiday Bowl and MI playing on News Years Day. He said, “We’ll just continue to beat Michigan.” And so will a good number of Big10 schools as long as Hairball is there.

  22. When he`s done with Hoke`s players he will win? It`s his third year 3/4 of his roster are his players!

  23. Harbaugh’s not getting off the gravy train. Michigan still owes him big money with 4 seasons left on his deal. Why leave and get stuck with Irsay or some other clown NFL owner? In Michigan he’s a king and beyond reproach. Clearly the AD and boosters don’t care that he’s never won an important game, so there’s no reason to leave for less money and more stress in the NFL.

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