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Report: Jim Harbaugh Is Eyeing An "Exit Strategy" At Michigan

A closeup of Michigan college football head coach Jim Harbaugh wearing a Michigan hat and jacket.

PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines coaches against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the third quarter at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan won 42-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)

Michigan lost yet another big game on Saturday night, falling by a touchdown at Penn State, as the Wolverines dropped to 5-2 on the season. Jim Harbaugh's program entered the season with College Football Playoff and Big Ten championship expectations. Now, that won't be happening.

Harbaugh is in his fifth season at Michigan and, while it would be unfair to call his tenure a failure, you probably can't call it a success, either. There have been no Big Ten championships, no College Football Playoff berths, no wins over Ohio State.

The Wolverines, at 5-2 on the season with games left against No. 8 Notre Dame and No. 3 Ohio State, will probably finish at 8-4, if things go as planned. And that's just not good enough.

Would Michigan fire Harbaugh? No, but, as we've said before, we could envision a scenario where he leaves for an NFL job.

Football Scoop is now reporting that Harbaugh has "eyes" on his exit strategy.

Lead FOX college football analyst Joel Klatt speculated last month Harbaugh could retire, but sources say the Harbaugh camp has its eye on a different departure.

Sources tell FootballScoop that Harbaugh’s representatives have their eye on getting their client back in the NFL.

Harbaugh's NFL tenure was highly successful, as he led the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance, and there would certainly be teams interested in him.

What would that mean for Michigan? That remains to be seen, but it looks like we could have a major college football job opening up in the Big Ten.

You can view the full report here.