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Jim Harbaugh "Would Have Taken" Surprising Job In 2009

Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - DECEMBER 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines walks on the field after winning the Big Ten Football Championship game against the the Iowa Hawkeyes at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 04, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, the college football world learned a stunning fact about Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh.

According to a report from the Athletic, Harbaugh nearly became the head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks. In 2009, when Harbaugh was in his third season at Stanford, the Jayhawks reportedly came calling.

According to Jayson Jenks and Rustin Dodd, Harbaugh may have been a little too honest in his interview. He suggested that if the NFL or Michigan ever came calling, he'd leave Kansas for those jobs.

However, he reportedly would have taken the Kansas job - if offered.

"Harbaugh would have taken it,” former Kansas assistant coach Clint Bowen told The Athletic on Tuesday. “I was talking to him at the time. He would have taken the job."

Well, Kansas never offered and the rest is history. Harbaugh eventually left Stanford for the NFL - where he led the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance.

He then took over at his alma mater and he just brought the Wolverines to the College Football Playoff. Kansas, meanwhile, has been the laughing stock of the college football world for over a decade.