John Harbaugh disputes report that Jim’s family is pushing him to Michigan

AP

Jim Harbaugh reportedly is “torn” between taking the job at Michigan and staying in the NFL.  Harbaugh’s “family and friends” reportedly are urging him to return to his alma mater.  His brother, John, disputed that on Wednesday.  Strongly.

“My dad and I both . . . I will say this:  The report that said that his family is encouraging him to go to Michigan by Adam Schefter is absolutely incorrect,” the Ravens coach told reporters Wednesday.  “There has been no family that I know of that has given him any advice at all because that’s a personal decision.  It’s his to make, and that’s just absolutely false.  I don’t know where that came from, but it didn’t come from the Harbaughs.  My dad and I both said, ‘Hey, don’t tell us.’  If something gets out, we don’t want the finger pointed at us.  Just leave us out of it, and don’t tell us what you’re going to do.  I think he’s just trying to figure out what the next thing is for him, and more than anything, trying to have a great game on Sunday.”

Still, it sounds like John appreciates the fact that he’s not the Harbaugh making headlines.

“I open up my [computer] and you look at Google and it’s Jim Harbaugh,” John said.  “Perfect.  Perfect, it’s all Jim.  I will say this: I’m just proud of him.  I think he’s handled this.  He’s been a giant through all of this uncalled-for type of media onslaught sometimes that takes place.  Not anybody’s fault, just the nature of the business.  I think he’s handled it just perfectly.”

A reporter then seized on the word “giant” as a clue that Jim could be succeeding Tom Coughlin in New York.

“See, that’s what happens right there,” John said, laughing.  “That will be a headline.  No, that’s not what I said.”

If John is telling the truth (and there’s no reason to think he isn’t), he’s been saying nothing to Jim about Jim’s next job.  Regardless, John’s comments make it even more clear that there will indeed be a “next job” for Jim, sooner than later.

56 responses to “John Harbaugh disputes report that Jim’s family is pushing him to Michigan

  1. Right. I’m sure Adam Schefter, ESPN’s premier football reporter, just made it up. With everything else going on in this league, he just made this up. Because…

  2. it is a bit absurd that john harbaugh has recently become jim harbaugh’s spokesperson. last time i checked, john harbaugh was the head coach of the baltimore ravens, who are trying to make the playoffs. i bet ozzie newsome and steve bisciotti are just thrilled, pleased as punch, that john harbaugh seems to be more focused on jim’s future than the ravens last game and playoffs.

  3. “I would hate my life so much if i was related to the harbaughs.”

    And they’re probably happy you’re not. I’m guessing their life is much more rewarding than yours.

  4. chrisk61 says:
    Dec 24, 2014 4:34 PM
    it is a bit absurd that john harbaugh has recently become jim harbaugh’s spokesperson. last time i checked, john harbaugh was the head coach of the baltimore ravens, who are trying to make the playoffs. i bet ozzie newsome and steve bisciotti are just thrilled, pleased as punch, that john harbaugh seems to be more focused on jim’s future than the ravens last game and playoffs.

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    Well yeah…. you know…. he answers a couple of questions reporters ask him at his NFL REQUIRED press conference in regards to his brother and he must NOT be focused on his own team????

    Good God, get a life.

  5. Adam Schefter is a Homer and a rumor monger. The worst case scenario is jim goin to the Raiders. His alma matter would lose out and his favorite team (donkeys), would have to play him twice. Sorry not sorry. Not saying he dosent go to Michigan just saying Schefter is trying to use his media power to convince him when jim isn’t that kind of person. Hope it backfires.

  6. As a Michigan fan I’m torn. I understand a scumbag head coach is mandatory for a winning program but the entire Harbaugh family is so f’ing douchey I can’t imagine ever rooting for their success.

  7. He may not get along lovingly with upper management and ownership, but those kinds of problems fade away when the team is winning. And the Niners have been winners for the first time in a long time under Harbaugh. So, what’s the real problem?

    Harbaugh has apparently been extra prickly with his superiors, letting them know he’s unhappy, letting them know he wants lots more money, knowing York will pay more, but maybe not a ransom – Sean Payton money, for example. I don’t know if he wants, or already has, final say over the roster.

    I don’t think its all about the money. Perhaps he sees a declining roster and a quarterback who is, bless his heart, uncoachable due to lack of grey matter. It’s awfully hard to win without the horses.

    Whatever it is, its plain that he wants out of Ninersland, whether ownership wants him out or not. But I doubt seriously he really wants to take on the Raiders.

    My guess: some other NFL team – not the Raiders – is going to come out of nowhere and take on the Harbaugh experience.

  8. Bottom line from my viewpoint is that Jim Harbaugh is a damn good football coach. As a Cardinal fan, I am happy that he will no longer be with the 49ers.

  9. Harbaugh has CHOSEN to leave for greener pastures. The fields will be green,unbelievably green ! They are basically saying : Jim is going to consider all offers ,so get your bids ready.

  10. REALLY? Adam of BSPN is slingin poo again?
    NO KIDDING!!!! These false “Sources” are a joke and when storys/headlines include “Sources” people should immediately discount the article. Agents, players, owners etc put out false stories to the media on purpose to better their stance or give them leverage. And like BSPN and PFT the print it as fact.

  11. Jim Harbaugh just needs to come back to the cradle of his professional coaching career – Raider Nation. Where The Owner, Front Office, and Fanbase will ask him to do just one thing and one thing only……Just Win, Baby.

  12. zeke2517 says:
    Dec 24, 2014 4:32 PM
    Right. I’m sure Adam Schefter, ESPN’s premier football reporter, just made it up. With everything else going on in this league, he just made this up. Because…
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    OK, I’ll take the bait. Because that’s what many sports hacks do. Schefter will point to this “report” (read: guess) if Harbaugh does leave for UM. He may even mention he was right if Harbaugh leaves at all. He will conveniently forget all about it or mention something about how Harbaugh did the right thing against his family’s wishes if he stays in SF or goes someplace else. 90% of sports writers would have been fired for stuff like this before ESPN started making sports news rather than reporting on it. Typical hack.

  13. As a raider fan I am glad to hear this. His crunch time mentality and tactics scare me. There have been to many examples of the 49ers blowing it in crunch time

  14. You have to wonder what is going on behind the scenes that makes a front office so ready to be rid of a coach that wins roughly a 70% of his games. Jim must be an absolute unbearable person to be around.

  15. Take the bum OC Greg Roman with you….you both cost the Nienrs a couple super bowl victories.

    …..and the Seattle cheathawks implosion will be more satisfying than a super bowl victory.

  16. He won’t girl Michigan, because it won’t be a challenge for him. Been there done that. He’s already turned around 2 previous college programs. It comes down to Oakland and Chicago. And with Bears fans in a malaise, and the McCaskey’s desperate to steal some headlines (and competing revenue) from the champion Blsckhawks, Cubs and White Sox off-season moves, they’re screaming for relevancy at this point. Look to Jim to come back to Chicago, and make another Alex Smith-rebuilding project out of Jay Cutler. That’s the plan, unless the McCaskey’s get squeamish over operational control and dollars and cents

  17. The Harbaugh family would be smart to push Jimbo towards college coaching. For the past three years he has pretty much shown that he cant handle the media around the NFL. Might be he’s too thin-skinned and emotionally inarticulate when he’s put under the microscope. And look how he infected Kaepernick with the same bug until someone in the 49ers PR Department got ahold of him.

    At the college level, Harbaugh won’t have the pressures that the NFL brings

  18. Jim Harbaugh is going to the Bears, he already said being drafted by chicago and playing for Iron Mike Ditka was a top moment in his life. disagree if you want but you will see.

  19. Jim….. I don’t think your wife is going to want to hang with Raider fan. Wouldn’t wish that on anybody. She might like LA a little better and can hide in the luxury boxes instead of garbage in the stands. Just ask Charger fan.

  20. I laugh at all the people who think the NFL is the end all, be all of Jim’s career. Michigan offered $8m per year for a reason: to price the wannabes like the Raid Uhs out of the market. the offer is at least $2m ABOVE the going rate……I doubt a pro team matches it. Jim is a Wolverine again!! YEAH BABY!!!

  21. An incorrect report by the leader of the TMZ-like pack in the NFL? That Schefter?
    No way. Can’t be…
    *yawns*…

  22. “wimpyburgers says:
    Dec 24, 2014 6:34 PM
    The Harbaugh family would be smart to push Jimbo towards college coaching. For the past three years he has pretty much shown that he cant handle the media around the NFL. Might be he’s too thin-skinned and emotionally inarticulate when he’s put under the microscope. And look how he infected Kaepernick with the same bug until someone in the 49ers PR Department got ahold of him.

    At the college level, Harbaugh won’t have the pressures that the NFL brings”

    You’re kidding, right? Michigan has more pressure than all but a handful of NFL teams. I’d say the Jets (even more than the Giants), Cowboys, and MAYBE Philly are higher pressure jobs than Michigan. You clearly don’t understand the dynamic surrounding a program at a major college. There is a reason the jobs at Texas, Michigan, Alabama, and a few others make more than NFL coaches…

  23. “nyneal says:
    Dec 24, 2014 5:41 PM
    Why doesn’t John just keep his mouth shut and let Jim handle his own affairs?”

    Because he wanted to disavow an article by Schefter. Not that hard. That was his point…he said “I’m not commenting…I haven’t commented…and anyone saying different is lying. I am staying out of my brother’s affairs so much that my dad and I both told him that we don’t even want to discuss the decision with him so Jim wouldn’t have to think it was one of us that leaked anything to the media.”

    Reading comprehension is fun.

  24. The Michigan job and his NFL career have two things in common. Either way he hasn’t or won’t win a Super Bowl.

  25. man as a hawks fan this is getting ridiculous. we welcome all the new fans that are just getting into football or like the hawks for whatever reason (Russell wilson, beast mode, or just an amazing defense) but stop acting like we are so much better than all other teams. we won the Superbowl and look good going into the playoffs but as much as I hate to say it harbaugh is a good coach with a great record. stop acting so entitled and get off your high horse. we should embrace competition and enjoy what has become the best rivalry in football.

  26. Dude is not going to Michigan, his agent is playing the media, the fans, and every team interested in him to get BANK.

    Guy might be a good to great coach but he’s obviously a d bag.

  27. Hey The Dirty Bird Dance – you know the Dirty Birds are the Atlanta Falcons and not the Seahawks right? It derived from their 1998 SuperBowl season. Based on your comment above, you most likely were not born in 1998

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