Jim Harbaugh Returning to Michigan After Considering Leaving For NFL

By Kevin Harrish on February 2, 2022 at 7:32 pm
Jim Harbaugh is returning to Michigan.

Jim Harbaugh is staying put.

Despite a monthlong flirtation with various NFL teams, Michigan's head coach will be staying with the Wolverines as Harbaugh told the school on Wednesday night that he intends to return next season, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Initially linked to the Las Vegas Raiders opening in early January, Harbaugh also met with the Minnesota Vikings twice and there was reportedly interest with the Miami Dolphins, as well. However, the Raiders hired New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels while the Vikings reportedly did not make an offer to Harbaugh after interviewing him on Wednesday, instead opting to hire Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell.

Harbaugh returns to Ann Arbor after his most successful season yet at Michigan in which the Wolverines finished 12-2, won the Big Ten Championship, beat Ohio State for the first time since 2011 and earned the program's first-ever spot in the College Football Playoff.

Harbaugh's breakthrough season came following his worst season with the Wolverines, in which they finished 2-4 with the annual showdown against Ohio State canceled.

Michigan restructured Harbaugh’s contract prior to the 2021 season, requiring him to take a massive pay cut; under his new deal, he was paid just $4 million in base salary in 2021 compared to $8 million in 2020. With his return, he is expected to receive a new contract with a significant raise.

In seven seasons with Michigan, Harbaugh has a 61-24 overall record, a 1-5 record against Ohio State, one Big Ten title and a 1-5 record in bowl games, missing out on a bowl bid entirely in 2020.

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