Report: Jim Harbaugh seeking opportunity to leave Michigan
If Michigan football was a soap opera, viewers might say that the plotlines involving the program are unbelievable.
The latest story revolves around, who else, but head coach Jim Harbaugh, who reportedly has his eye set on a return to the NFL and moving away from the job he took in 2015 at his alma mater. Per the report:
Sources tell FootballScoop that Harbaugh’s representatives have their eye on getting their client back in the NFL.
The move could make a lot of sense. While Michigan has been successful under Harbaugh — the Wolverines are 43-16 under his watch –, the lack of breaking through in both big games and being a national contender have plagued the program. Michigan has three 10-win seasons during Harbaugh’s tenure, but are 0-4 against its biggest rival Ohio State.
For Harbaugh, a return to the NFL where he helped lead the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl XLVII, a loss to the Baltimore Ravens coached by his brother John, would mean lower expectations no matter which franchise he joined. At Michigan, due in much to his own part, the expectations have been national title or bust since he arrived and, only in 2016 when the Wolverines were a fourth-down stop from defeating the Buckeyes and likely a spot in the College Football Playoff, the expectations have not been met.
At 5-2 this season with both losses to ranked teams in Wisconsin and Penn State, the standard once again is not being met. The Wolverines still face Notre Dame and Ohio State, both teams currently in the top 10, so a four-loss season is not far from realistic. If that is the case, expect the news of his departure to grow even more.