Though Jim Harbaugh spent four years coaching the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers before taking the head coaching job at Michigan this season, fans hoping for him to return to the professional ranks are setting themselves up for disappointment.
Per a report from Michael David Smith of NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk, Harbaugh has not shown any interest in returning to the NFL.
“I won’t comment on it. It’s disrespectful to the game. I look at it as disrespectful,” Harbaugh said.
NFL teams with head coaching vacancies will thus have to look elsewhere for a replacement. The Miami Dolphins have already fired Joe Philbin this year and replaced him with tight ends coach Dan Campbell on an interim basis. A team that could also have an opening is the Indianapolis Colts, who have not extended coach Chuck Pagano past this season. Harbaugh used to play for Indianapolis, so that could potentially be an attractive destination.
But Harbaugh seems quite content in Ann Arbor. He has a lucrative contract and has helped the Wolverines to the No. 15 spot in the Top 25 and a 5-2 record in just his first season. Considering how he hasn’t had much time on the recruiting trail yet, that’s pretty impressive.
Thus, though the call of the NFL will almost always be there, it’s looking like Harbaugh is quite content to be back coaching college football.
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