Michigan AD Slaps Down Harbaugh Rumors While Local Radio Asks: Is He Even Any Good?

Michigan AD Slaps Down Harbaugh Rumors While Local Radio Asks: Is He Even Any Good?

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Michigan AD Slaps Down Harbaugh Rumors While Local Radio Asks: Is He Even Any Good?

On Wednesday, former Ohio State Buckeye and Minnesotan Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter went onto FS1 and said that Jim Harbaugh was looking for a way out of Michigan and could end up at either Green Bay or Cleveland in the NFL.

Same day, frequent Harbaugh critic and general hater Paul “Pete” Finebaum had similar sentiments.

Naturally, those you can trust in the Michigan media have thoroughly debunked those rumors (including here — and they might not even be rumors as much as they are speculative gossip). Well,  the person that Jim Harbaugh reports to in Ann Arbor went on the radio on Thursday morning and thoroughly debunked that gossip.

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel appeared on WTKA in Ann Arbor on Thursday and shared more than a hefty amount of skepticism of the comments, given where Cris Carter played school.

From the Detroit Free Press:

“I would say consider the source of the comment. Cris is very accomplished in his life, but he went to the school down south,” Manuel said. “(People) tend to throw out things like that. ‘Sources say, my sources.’ Listen, I haven’t missed any sleep. Jim has not said anything to me about it, he’s on the road recruiting, putting in great effort.

“From my perspective, it has no validity at all.”

He later continued, saying that he expects Harbaugh to remain the coach in Ann Arbor and not head to the NFL.

“There have been zero conversations about it. I believe Jim is very happy here. He is working to continue to bring in great recruits here,” Manuel said Thursday. “Preparing to go down to the bowl game at the Peach Bowl and play a very good Florida team. His focus, I’ve spoken to him on several occasions in the past week, his focus has only been on the University of Michigan and making us better.

“I don’t give any credence to those comments.”

It’s become a yearly occurrence at this point, with narratives ranging from Harbaugh not liking recruiting (despite his obvious efforts on the trail), that he’s never stayed at one spot for more than four years (despite two of his three moves being job promotions), or that he yearns for a Super Bowl win that his brother has and he doesn’t.

Meanwhile, while the National Football League supposedly wants Harbaugh back in their ranks, supposedly he’s a disappointment to those in Michigan, with a poll being run by 97.1 The Ticket’s Mike Sullivan asking if he or Lions QB Matthew Stafford is a bigger letdown.

That poll was created as part of a conversation of the station’s afternoon drive program with noted Spartans alum Mike Valenti.

So, somehow, Harbaugh is both not good enough to coach Michigan and is the most highly sought after coach at the highest level? Something does not compute.

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