Now that it’s done, now that Jim Harbaugh has officially found his way back to the NFL, who feels more at ease?

The University of Michigan, which for the last year swallowed hard while defending all things Harbaugh on the way to a national championship season?

Or Ohio State coach Ryan Day?

I’m going with Michigan — and only because it chose the path long ago.

Harbaugh has been destined to find his way back to the NFL since the day he returned to his alma mater in 2015, tripping over the rug on his way to the podium and stumbling into a wild romp from the jump.

Michigan, meanwhile, has been destined to look the other way — all in the name of catching Ohio State.

It got quirky early and disturbing late, and right when both Harbaugh and Michigan needed it most, Mr. Who Has It Better Than Us delivered the national title.

Now what’s left, you ask? Michigan, naked and alone.

National title in one hand, and 2 NCAA investigations in the other.

But hey, what a ride it has been.

There was Harbaugh annually flirting with the NFL, and hanging out in a tree of a recruit’s home. Taking his team overseas for spring practice, and telling his quarterback to not eat chicken because it’s a nervous bird.

Running around shirtless in his Wal-Mart khakis, and declaring — without hesitation — that Michigan will finally beat Ohio State or die trying.

And then doing it 3 straight seasons.

But it was long before the 3rd straight win over the Buckeyes led to a 3rd straight Playoff and a final, glorious ending, when Michigan realized what it had gotten itself into.

In January of 2023 the NCAA made it clear that Harbaugh had “misled” investigators — misled is code for “lied” — in the 2020 case of illegal contact with players during the COVID season.

The exact same thing — I swear I’m not making this up — Harbaugh accused Ohio State of doing in June of 2020 during a Big Ten coaches conference call. He said then that Ohio State assistant coaches were working out with players when it was illegal to do so.

Michigan knew the NCAA wanted a significant suspension for Harbaugh, because lying to NCAA investigators may be the biggest sin of all. Because if you’re not men and women of your word, what are you (especially without subpoena power)?

The NCAA wanted half a season (50 percent of the games), and Michigan responded with a self-imposed 3-game suspension. Then 2 months into the season, the Connor Stalions investigation breaks, and now the NCAA and the Big Ten want Harbaugh.

Still, Michigan digs in, preparing to take a proposed 3-game suspension — Penn State, Maryland, Ohio State — to an appeals court. Then it sees the evidence against Stalions, and accepts the suspension.

Harbaugh returns in the Big Ten Championship Game, and away we go — all the way to Michigan’s first national title since 1997.

Now Harbaugh is back in the NFL, where he probably should’ve been all along, anyway. Only a power control fight — shocking, I know — with general manager Trent Baalke forced him to resign from the San Francisco 49ers and join his alma mater.

Which leads us all the way back to Michigan, naked and alone and looking for a new coach. Easy, you say. Hire offensive coordinator Sherrod Moore.

He beat Penn State and Maryland and Ohio State. Held it all together in the middle of the crisis, a passionate and motivating force amid the storm.

A no-brainer.

Except there’s one teeny-weeny problem: Moore was one of the coaches who served a suspension earlier in the year for his role in illegal contact with players during the COVID season.

So if you’re Michigan, and you’ve already suppressed who and what you are with Harbaugh to finally chase down and pass Ohio State, do you do the same and look past Moore’s glaring red flag?

There’s little doubt that president Santa Ono and athletic director Warde Manuel have an eye on the current landscape of the game. They’re watching what’s happening at Alabama, post Nick Saban.

They see the 30 players in the transfer portal, including elite 2024 recruits. That same thing could happen in Ann Arbor, where Harbaugh’s hold and impact on the team was indelible.

Michigan has been destined to look the other way for years. Would it really be all that surprising if it replaced Harbaugh with a coach who knowingly broke NCAA rules?

It’s better than being naked and alone.

Even with a national title.