Michigan’s athletic director has commented on the rumors linking Wolverines’ head coach Jim Harbaugh to the NFL.
Earlier this week, FOX Sports 1’s Cris Carter said Harbaugh is “potentially” trying to get out of Ann Arbor, Mich., saying he could be a candidate for the Green Bay Packers job.
“Watch out for Jim Harbaugh because Jim Harbaugh, potentially, is trying to get his way out of Michigan, all right? I’ve got good sources that are telling me not only Green Bay but also watch out for the Cleveland Browns,” Carter said. “He likes the quarterback situations there, and, I believe, that there is front office people in Green Bay who are enamored with Jim Harbaugh and potentially trying to get him to come to Green Bay.”
Of course, there are Harbaugh-to-the-NFL rumors every offseason, and every year, they’ve been proven to be false.
Will they be proven false this time around?
Michigan’s athletic director said this morning that Harbaugh hasn’t said anything to him about leaving for the NFL.
“Consider the source of the comment … I haven’t missed any sleep. Jim hasn’t said anything to me about it. He’s out recruiting. … From my perspective, it has no validity at all,” Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said.
Warde Manuel on WTKA this morning RE: Cris Carter claiming Harbaugh is trying to leave Michigan: ‘Consider the source of the comment … I haven’t missed any sleep. Jim hasn’t said anything to me about it. He’s out recruiting. … From my perspective, it has no validity at all.’
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) December 6, 2018
For what it’s worth, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum also said he believes Harbaugh could leave for the NFL.
“On the NFL side, there are plenty of whispers out there because of the multitude of jobs that Harbaugh would be on many people’s lists (to consider),” Finebaum said on Wednesday. “I think he would be a very good NFL coach. He’s already proven that in San Francisco. I don’t think he has anything to gain and a lot to lose at Michigan. Next year, The Game is in Ann Arbor. If he loses to Ryan Day — I’m not laughing at Ryan Day. Ryan Day hasn’t accomplished anything other than win three games. The biggest win of his career is over TCU — a lousy TCU team at that.
“That’s a high-wire, high-risk opportunity for Jim Harbaugh to look even worse than he does already. So I don’t know what’s inside Jim Harbaugh’s mind. I don’t think anyone does. I’d love to do a reality series about it. But I think he would very anxiously get out of there.”
For now, though, Harbaugh remains at Michigan.