Report: Michigan, Jim Harbaugh to talk

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With the 49ers’ season ending in less than 48 hours, potential suitors for head coach Jim Harbaugh are reportedly getting close to officially turning over their cards.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the University of Michigan plans to soon talk with Harbaugh. Rapoport and Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports both report Michigan officials are in the San Francisco Bay Area this weekend. The 49ers (7-8) host the Cardinals at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

According to Rapoport, Harbaugh will attend to his 49ers business before any discussion with interested parties. And the Raiders, Rapoport indicated, are also interested in Harbaugh. However, the Raiders would need permission to speak to Harbaugh, who has one year left on his contract with San Francisco.

59 responses to “Report: Michigan, Jim Harbaugh to talk

  1. I hope that SF wakes up and realizes that Harbaugh is a very talented coach and that he should be extended and given more power over the 49rs…………NFC West has never been as good as it’s been the passed three years, in part due to the coaches that are now in the West……..

    If he goes, I don’t see them doing so well for a few years…….Good for my team, but not as exciting as if he was to stay and compete…….

  2. You have to imagine Michigan has to lock him up Sunday night/Monday morning. Otherwise they may start facing serious competition from NFL teams after the completion of the regular season, a la Raiders. Will be interesting to see what happens.

  3. My bet is Harbaugh is back for one more season with the Niners. Loss of Bowman and Willis can’t be minimized. Roman had to go.

  4. I just can’t picture Harbaugh going back to college, if only because I figure he’s gonna want to stick it to the niners, which will be hard to do from the Big 10. And he holds all the cards since there’s now no way they bring him back for his final year, let alone extend him. They have to fire him. The Looney Rule makes a trade pretty difficult to pull off.

    Boy oh boy is York hitching his wagon to the wrong horse. Baalke is the biggest coattail rider since Barry Switzer.

  5. I’d want a coach capable of getting my team to the NFC Championship game multiple times plus a super bowl appearance but I guess in 49er land the owners and player would rather have some soft Leslie Frazier type cream puff.

    I hope Jim goes somewhere where he can be appreciated. Whether it’s Michigan or some other NFL team. If he leaves 9ers land I hope it starts a curse against them.

  6. Michigan is missing out on some very valuable recruitment time.

    Harbaugh must have a very strong diaglogue in place otherwise they would have moved on already.

  7. Odds becoming really good he’s the new coach at Michigan. Get ready for the program to become big time again if it does. I bet the new playoff setting makes it easier to chose Michigan.

  8. The 49ers are about to embark on a disastrous decision come Monday morning, We are loaded with great players that need to stick together next season. I hope we get a veteran mature coach that can ease this team through a very difficult time,

  9. Lots of local insiders at the University of Michigan are basically saying Harbaugh is already signed.

    I know a lot of smart 49ers fans don’t want to hear this news, and don’t want to believe that their owner could be so dumb as to push Harbaugh out the door. But at this point it sounds like the 49er’s loss is most likely Michigan’s gain.

    Harbaugh wouldn’t be going ANYWHERE if he wasn’t being pushed out. He’s got a good gig there.

  10. “I’d like to think that the last thing that went through Jim Harbaugh’s head – other than that bullet – was to wonder how the hell Pete Carroll ever got the best of him.” – Morgan Freeman

  11. balooga999 says:
    Dec 26, 2014 11:06 PM
    You have to imagine Michigan has to lock him up Sunday night/Monday morning. Otherwise they may start facing serious competition from NFL teams after the completion of the regular season, a la Raiders. Will be interesting to see what happens.

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    No front line head coaching prospects are going to the faiders.

    Why do you think they’ve trotted out the head coaches they’ve had the last decade plus?

    It’s the same reason they can’t get good FA’s to sign there. It’s the worst franchise in the league by a country mile.

  12. Man, who cares about amateur university foosball.

    Go to Chicago, or if you really want to stick it to the 49ers, just go across the bay to the Raiders.

  13. isphet71 says:
    Dec 27, 2014 12:41 AM
    Lots of local insiders at the University of Michigan are basically saying Harbaugh is already signed.

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    Local guy here and I would love if one of you could put even an iota of truth to statements like like this. Maybe a nugget? A sliver?

    That’s right. You got nothin’ (just like these supposed “insiders”).

  14. He needs to go to the Raiders right now while the NFL is still an option. The job in Ann Arbor will be open again in another 3-4 years.

  15. Michigan will be the number one team in the country in three years if they are fortunate enough to land Harbaugh. I think Jim Harbaugh is the best coach in the country. College or Pro. And maybe the best ever. How he turned Stanford around, and how he turned the 49ers around overnight is mind boggling. Looks like the Michigan officials are in town ready to pounce on Harbaugh before the 49ers sober up and realize what they’re doing.

  16. Hey, If the upstairs management and the folks downstairs mix like oil and water, it doesn’t matter how successful or productive the downstairs folks are. You can’t have a toxic relationship and remain successful. It would ruin everything else around it. People would choose sides, and the whole organization would be split one way or the other. It sounds like they both aren’t happy, so it’s probably for each others best interest they part ways.

  17. I would love to see this guy coach my Colts. He played QB there for like four years, coached Andrew Luck in college, has familiarity with him, Fleener, Whalen, and Pep Hamilton, and is definitely the guy to take us to the next level. But the only problem is Pagano would have be fired, and Grigson won’t do it. Not after three straight 11-5 seasons and the feel-good story about his survival with leukemia. This sucks.

  18. I LOVE football. I do. For me, there is football season and there is waiting for football season.

    However, I feel like something is fundamentally wrong when the top-paid staff at our universities across the nation are the coaches of the university football teams.

    I respect that the game brings in a lot of money at the universities. I don’t think it should be used to line the pockets of coaches and other university staff members. I also think that college athletes should be paid SOMETHING, since they are sacrificing their health for the sake of the university. I don’t think their salaries should be more than that of university faculty, but they should get something.

    I just have a problem with coaches at universities making millions of dollars when tuition prices are at record levels and exponentially outpacing inflation. I also believe that kind of money could be used to lower other costs at universities and improve the quality of education.

    No disrespect to Harbaugh. He is a coach that deserves to make $8 million for his skills – at a PROFESSIONAL level, with his pay not being subsidized on the backs of students carrying debt.

    Like I said, I LOVE football. I just think the way universities pay coaches and don’t pay players is a messed up system that needs to be fixed.

  19. Hu3m4n says: Dec 26, 2014 11:57 PM

    Michigan is missing out on some very valuable recruitment time.

    Harbaugh must have a very strong diaglogue in place otherwise they would have moved on already.
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    I’ve thought about that too, you would have to think that if there was no way Michigan could land Harbaugh, you would have heard about some other head coaching candidates. The last candidate I heard about was Dan Mullins, but that was a good three or four weeks ago.

    At first, I thought there was no way Harbaugh would go back to Michigan, but after seeing what has occurred over the past two weeks. I would be shocked if he didn’t go there.

  20. bryan’s49ers said:
    …The 49ers are about to embark on a disastrous decision come Monday morning, We are loaded with great players that need to stick together next season. I hope we get a veteran mature coach that can ease this team through a very difficult time…

    I got it then, call Coach Mooch! He’s the only ‘veteran coach’ that instanly would give up his gig to do the 49’ers again. ‘Cause Gruden ain’t coming. Looks like the 49ers will have to go to Seattle and beg Coach Pete to allow them to interview the DC up their. He’s one of the main reasons the 49er’s suck.

  21. As I die hard hawk homer, I will forever miss the rivalry Jim helped create. And i mean that, khakis and that look of him sucking air thru his teeth and all

  22. Harbaugh will definitely leave SF. He gambled on Kaepernick and knows he made a mistake there. The 49ers are looking at losing talent or breaking their cap. I wouldn’t hang around for that collapse either. Seattle will be in the same cap condition in a couple years. Cheap talent until it is time to pay them, and then they cannot be retained under the cap.

  23. One last thought: the “why would he step down to ‘amateur university foosball’ level” movement is the “hottttest taek” I’ve seen on here since someone proclaimed the Olympics a competition for exercise enthusiasts. PFTCommenter should be proud. ,,

  24. For $8M a year its worth the face to face….College football is getting out of control on these salaries……especially if it ends up being on the backs of the students with tuition increases.

  25. Wow. Lots of ignorant people here don’t know that UM athletics receives $0 from the University. On top of that, they cleared $65 million last year (which was a down year with fewer home games). They can pay the $8 million without breaking a sweat.

  26. As a life long Bills fan who has seen 6 contending years out of the 55 year stretch that the miser from Detroit owned my Bills (that’s right, many of us see Ralph Wilson for what he really was), I cannot for the life of me believe that the 49ers ownership are going to fire a guy who gets them to 3 conference championships and a SB in 4 years…

  27. realmenwearstripes says:

    Like I said, I LOVE football. I just think the way universities pay coaches and don’t pay players is a messed up system that needs to be fixed.
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    Hey Obama, the players get a free college education, room and board. They don’t spend every single day, all day, at football practice.

  28. “Stay in the NFL Jimmy”
    Why? at UM he will be highly paid and generally have the run of the mill,he will be much, much more appreciated by the fans and alumni,and he gets the chance once again to stick it to Ohio and Michigan States. hell they will probably name a street after him when he turns that broken program around,a challenge any competitive coach would love to have.

  29. Steve Mariucci left the Niners fighting with the old owner also,must be a hell of a family to work for.

  30. Harbaugh is crazy to pass up on Michigan. On top of the 8 million per year for the next 5 years or so, he’ll get total control over the program. And for those that are saying college players should be paid, how much? Millions? A hundred grand per year? After taxes, a hundred grand is more like $60grand. If they get paid, they should force them to turn around and pay that 60 grand for tuition/room/board. Getting paid? No more free rides.

  31. jjfootball says: Dec 27, 2014 3:02 AM

    If he doesn’t take the Raiders job he’s a moron!

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    Anyone who takes the Raiders job is a moron. There. I fixed it for you.

  32. You can’t talk to a coach or any person, for that matter, who is under a current employment contract, to cajole them to leave their job. That is what’s called interference with contract, a tort. You can get sued for that…

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