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Jim Harbaugh Would've Taken Kansas Job: Fans React

Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh on the field.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 31: Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh during the Capital One Orange Bowl game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Michigan Wolverines on December 31, 2021 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Given the current standing of each respective program, it's hard to imagine Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh wanting anything to do with the Kansas Jayhawks.

But according to a new report from Jayson Jenks and Rustin Dodd of The Athletic, there was once a time when Harbaugh would've jumped at the opportunity to become head coach in Lawrence.

In 2009, Harbaugh notched the first winning season of his head coaching career with the Stanford Cardinal. As a result, he was widely considered one of the best up-and-coming coaching in the college game.

At this time, Kansas wasn't anywhere close to the disaster of a program they are today. In fact, just two years prior in 2007, the Jayhawks went 12-1 with an Orange Bowl victory under head coach Mark Mangino.

Mangino was forced to resign following the 2009 season due to allegations of player mistreatment -- leaving the door open for a new coach like Harbaugh.

Harbaugh reportedly met with Kansas officials just days after Mangino's resignation. If the Jayhawks offered him the job, he "would have taken it."

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

The college football world took to Twitter to react to this shocking news. "Please stop reminding us of this, all of it," one Kansas fan wrote. "Didn’t need to know this, definitely don’t need the constant reminder of our downfall," another added.

Harbaugh was reportedly transparent with the Jayhawks officials, telling them he would take a job in the NFL or with Michigan if they came calling. He became the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers just one year later and returned to the college game as head coach for the Wolverines in 2015.

The rest is history.

Last year, Harbaugh led Michigan to a Big Ten championship and a College Football Playoff berth. Kansas has two combined wins over the last two seasons.