Jim Harbaugh is heading into his fourth season with the Michigan Wolverines. Despite his relatively new tenure at Michigan, many are wondering if this will be his final season in charge of the team.
There are two camps in this thinking: those that believe Harbaugh wants to leave for the NFL, and those that think another down year will result in him getting fired.
Michigan finished the 2017 season with an 8-5 record, including a loss in the team's bowl game. It's the rivalry games, however, that have caused the most frustration among Michigan fans.
Harbaugh sports a 3-6 record against Michigan State, Penn State, and Ohio State. He's never beaten Ohio State in three games against the Buckeyes, which leaves a sour taste in the mouth of Wolverines fans across the country.
College football analyst Andy Staples weighed in on Harbaugh's job security during his mailbag segment for Sports Illustrated. Staples doesn't believe Harbaugh is in any danger of losing his job, but he did remain open to the thought the Michigan Man could leave for the NFL.
It definitely feels like the honeymoon phase is over, but even if the doomsday scenario you described happens, I can’t see Michigan firing Harbaugh at the end of year four. If things are going badly, I could see him heading back to the NFL, but I can’t imagine the school pushing him out the door barring anything exceptionally weird.
Does Harbaugh need to defeat Ohio State this season in order to keep his job? Probably not, but it would certainly help. Michigan opens the season with a huge game against Notre Dame that could set the tone for the 2018 season.