Jim Harbaugh leaving Michigan for NFL head coaching job, per reports
Jim Harbaugh is going back to the NFL.
ESPN is among the multiple outlets reporting that Harbaugh is leaving Michigan to become the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers.
Breaking: Jim Harbaugh is leaving Michigan to accept the head coaching job with the Los Angeles Chargers, sources tell ESPN.
The Chargers get their man while the national champions now have a head-coach opening. pic.twitter.com/e937qd03hP
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 24, 2024
Harbaugh was an NFL head coach before returning to the college ranks to take the head coaching job at Michigan, his alma mater, ahead of the 2015 season. Harbaugh departs U-M having won the College Football Playoff National Championship, delivering the program its first national title since 1997.
According to NCAA records, Harbaugh’s official record at Michigan is 86-25. Harbaugh was officially credited with wins for three games he missed during the 2023 season due to suspension.
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Michigan posted double-digit in six seasons of the Harbaugh era, going 15-0 in 2023 to win it all. The Wolverines 3-peated as Big Ten champions during Harbaugh’s final three seasons in Ann Arbor. Just as important to some Wolverine fans, Michigan is on a 3-game winning streak in The Game against Ohio State.
It was long speculated that Harbaugh would potentially go back to California if he returned to the NFL. As a player, Harbaugh played his final 21 games with the San Diego Chargers over the 1999 and 2000 seasons. His previous stint as an NFL head coach was with the San Francisco 49ers, where he posted a 44-19-1 record, reading Super Bowl XLVII. Harbaugh also coached college programs San Diego (2004-06) and Stanford (2007-10).