Harbaugh Tells ESPN He’s Not Leaving Michigan for the NFL

Harbaugh Tells ESPN He’s Not Leaving Michigan for the NFL

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Harbaugh Tells ESPN He’s Not Leaving Michigan for the NFL

With so much drama in Washtenaw County, it’s hard dispelling myths yearly. Especially when it comes to the annual ‘Harbaugh to the NFL’ rumors.

Last year, with the Chicago Bears job open, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh stood pat. The year before? No entertaining the possibility. Even when he took the Michigan job, Harbaugh had opportunities at the NFL level and spurned them for the job in Ann Arbor.

Of course, the rumors this year were started by former Ohio State Buckeye Cris Carter and SEC shill Paul Finebaum.

Like he did before at the Michigan Football Bust, Harbaugh came out and said that these ruminations are from rival programs, this time telling ESPN’s Adam Schefter that he’s not going anywhere.

“This is a choreographed message that comes up at this time every year before signing day,” Harbaugh told ESPN this weekend. “It’s people spreading messages to further their own personal agenda.

“But I’m on record right here, right now: I’m not going anywhere. I’m staying at Michigan. We have big plans here, and there’s a lot we want to accomplish.”

Earlier this week, Michigan AD Warde Manuel went on WTKA to dispel the rumors.

“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 continued:

“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 that he doesn’t.

Regardless of the narratives, the rumors have a tendency to hurt recruiting. Whether it was a factor or not, Michigan just lost out on the crown jewel of its 2019 class, as five-star safety Dax Hill flipped from the Wolverines to Alabama on Saturday night.

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