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Sunday, July 12, 2020

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Jim Harbaugh as coach of Jets is reportedly ‘not happening’

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The New York Jets may be interested in hiring Jim Harbaugh to be their next head coach, but it does not sound like that is going to happen — at least in 2019.

After the Jets officially announced on Monday that they have fired Todd Bowles, CEO Christopher Johnson would not comment on any specific candidates to replace him and did not openly rule out Harbaugh. However, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that there is no way Harbaugh is heading to New York.

That probably has more to do with Harbaugh’s unwillingness to leave Michigan than it does with the Jets’ lack of interest in him, but it sounds about right regardless.

A recent report claimed the Jets are preparing to make Harbaugh a massive offer, and that may still be true. The team denied the report before the season ended, but that was when Bowles was still their head coach. It would not be a surprise if they try to lure Harbaugh away from Michigan.

Michigan just finished what might look like a good season on paper, but they had a legitimate chance to reach the College Football Playoff before they were blown out by rival Ohio State. Their season then ended with another embarrassing loss to Florida in the Peach Bowl on Saturday. While that has led to further speculation that Harbaugh could consider leaving Ann Arbor, he insists he remains committed to the program.

Dan Mullen, Jim Harbaugh have funny exchange about Peach Bowl wardrobes

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Saturday’s Peach Bowl matchup between Michigan and Florida will feature two coaches with different styles, and we aren’t just talking about the way they run their teams.

Gators head coach Dan Mullen and Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh have senses of fashion that are not all that similar — particularly with their choice in footwear. Mullen is known for being somewhat of a younger soul when it comes to shoes, while Harbaugh looks more like your dad walking into a local Outback Steakhouse ready for a big meal.

The coaches were asked about fashion on Friday, and the exchange was pretty classic.

Mullen has been rocking what he calls “cool shoes” for several years now, and he’s been known to brag about it at times. That question seemed far more catered to him, as Harbaugh probably has a closet full of loafers and boat shoes and just grabs the first ones he sees. We’ll see which footwear brings the most luck on Saturday.

Jets deny report linking them to Jim Harbaugh

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The widespread belief is that the New York Jets are gearing themselves up for a coaching search, but they’re already engaging in some rumor control before it even starts.

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk reported Sunday night that the Jets were expected to make a run at Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh after firing current head coach Todd Bowles. Any report from a reliable outlet linking Harbaugh to a return to the NFL tends to spread like wildfire, and it did so here enough that the Jets felt the need to pour cold water on it Monday morning.

For what it’s worth, Florio responded to the Jets’ denial by doubling down on his reporting.

Bowles may be the head coach of the Jets now, but the expectation that he’ll be fired is so widespread that there are already reports about where he might land after it happens. Any pursuit of Harbaugh seems like a longshot to say the least, but the reality is that a Jets coaching search does look inevitable.

Report: Jets preparing huge offer for Jim Harbaugh

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There has been talk that Jim Harbaugh would be pursued by an NFL team this year, and now we know who that team is.

According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, the New York Jets are planning to make a run at Harbaugh after the season ends. Florio says the Jets may plan to make Harbaugh a financial offer he can’t refuse. Harbaugh is currently earning $7 million per season at Michigan.

The pressure was on Harbaugh entering the college football season, his fourth at Michigan. After consecutive strong seasons to begin his career as the Wolverines’ head coach, Michigan slipped to 8-5 last season before rebounding to 10-2 this season and being part of the College Football Playoff conversation. That helped restore any lost confidence in his ability to coach a strong team.

A polarizing figure, Harbaugh has one of the best coaching resumes in football. He went 29-6 in three seasons at USD; 29-21 in four seasons at Stanford, helping restore the Cardinal program; and he’s 38-13 in four seasons at Michigan. He also instantly turned around a terrible 49ers team, going 44-19-1 and taking the team to a Super Bowl and two conference championship games.

Harbaugh may make a lot of noise and rub some people the wrong way, but there is no doubt about his ability to coach and succeed. He has built a consistent winner everywhere he has been, though one knock on him is how his teams struggled against other elite coaches (Pete Carroll owned him in the NFL and Urban Meyer went 4-0 against him in college). He is worth the Jets’ efforts for a pursuit, even if he’s already said he will return to Michigan next season.

Jim Harbaugh confirms he will return to Michigan in 2019

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Jim Harbaugh has heard his name come up numerous times in recent weeks as NFL teams prepare to search for new head coaches, but the leader of the Michigan Wolverines says he is not going anywhere.

Over the weekend, Harbaugh told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that he will remain at Michigan in 2019.

“I’m on record right here, right now: I’m not going anywhere,” Harbaugh said. “I’m staying at Michigan. We have big plans here, and there’s a lot we want to accomplish.”

Harbaugh said he has heard the speculation linking him to NFL jobs once again this year, and he believes some of those rumors are planted by rival schools looking to gain an advantage on the recruiting trail.

“This is a choreographed message that comes up at this time every year before signing day,” he said. “It’s people spreading messages to further their own personal agenda.”

It looked like Michigan might finally contend for a national championship in Harbaugh’s fourth season with the program, but yet another loss to Ohio State squandered any chance the Wolverines had of reaching the College Football Playoff. Despite that, Michigan’s AD recently blasted a report that Harbaugh wants out, and now we can see why.

With No. 7 Michigan 10-2 and set to play in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl later this month, Harbaugh now has a record of 38-13 with the school.

Michigan AD refutes report that Jim Harbaugh wants out

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Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel has heard the rumors this week that Jim Harbaugh is looking for a way to leave the program, and he wants Wolverines fans to know they are completely baseless.

On Monday, NFL Hall of Famer and FOX Sports 1 personality Cris Carter mentioned Harbaugh’s name as one to watch with the Green Bay Packers job having opened up. According to Carter, Harbaugh is looking for a way out of the remainder of his deal at Michigan.

In an appearance on WTKA 1050-AM in Ann Arbor Thursday morning, Manuel was asked about Carter’s report. He blew it off.

“I would say consider the source of the comment,” Manuel said, as transcribed by Aaron McMann of MLive.com. “Cris is very accomplished in his life, but he went to the school down south (Ohio State). We tend to throw out things like: ‘Sources say,’ ‘My sources.’”

Manuel added that he has “not missed any sleep” over what Carter said and that Harbaugh has not spoken to him about it. He said Harbaugh has been operating as if he has no intention of leaving Michigan.

“He is on the road recruiting, putting in great effort,” Manuel said. “So, from my perspective, it has no validity at all. There have been zero conversations about it. And I believe Jim is very happy here.”

The Wolverines recently endured what was in many ways the worst loss of Harbaugh’s tenure with the team, and this is not the first time we have heard his name come up with NFL head coaching rumors. But now that Urban Meyer is retiring from Ohio State, it would stand to reason that Harbaugh will be more motivated to stick around and become the new sheriff of the Big 10.

Jim Harbaugh accuses Michigan State of planning pregame scuffle

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Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was still furious with the Michigan State Spartans a full 48 hours after a pregame scuffle that he accused them of planning.

It started before the game, when Michigan State’s traditional pregame “Spartan walk” took place with Michigan players already on the field for warmups. This started a scuffle, and so infuriated Wolverine linebacker Devin Bush that he tried to deface the Spartan logo on the field.

Harbaugh doubled down on his criticisms Monday during his bye week press conference, claiming Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio and his program planned the walk to coincide with Michigan’s warmups and start an incident, referring to it as “an orchestrated stormtrooper march.”

Michigan ended up winning 21-7, and did not hide their jubilation afterward. Dantonio had firmly rebutted Harbaugh’s claims after the game and will likely do so again, but the Michigan coach isn’t prepared to let this go, even if he got the victory.