Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said he would back to the Wolverines the following season, ending the Sunday morning report that he was being tested by NFL teams. The coach of the Big Ten and college football playoff champions told reporters Sunday night that he would “returned enthusiastically to train Wolverine in 2023.”
NFL.com reported Sunday morning that several NFL teams were working behind the scenes to see if Harbaugh was fit for the professional game. This comes a year after Harbaugh and the NFL. after Harbaugh’s first title at a conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Minnesota Vikings were the main team to take notice of Harbaugh in their search to replace former coach Mike Zimmer in the past.
Harbaugh led the Wolverine to two consecutive Big Ten championships, a 74-24 record in his eight years at his alma mater, and put his team on the cusp of a second consecutive college football playoff run. Not surprisingly, other teams may court him sooner or later, and it looks like some NFL teams may have already begun to consider Harbaugh as a potential candidate to fill their coaching vacancies.
Harbaugh’s success in the NFL would certainly make him attractive despite his absence. He was 44-19-1 with the San Francisco 49ers from 2011 to 2014, made the playoffs three times, and lost Super Bowl XLVII to the Baltimore Ravens after the 2012 season. This success came to him after he turned Stanford into the might of the then Pac-10. Cardinal during the 2007–2010 season with a 29–21 record, he set up one of the biggest defeats in college football history when he finished second at USC in 2007, finished the 2010 season with a 12–1 record, won the Orange Bowl and finished second. 4th place in the final ranking of the AP Top 25.
Harbo agreed towith the Wolverines last February after completing the NFL’s hiring process. This contract has grown from $7.05 million in 2022 and is steadily rising to $7.63 million in 2026.
It’s understandable why NFL teams were attracted to Harbaugh. He has rebuilt several programs in the college game, has had sustained success at both levels, and has the ability to find and develop quarterbacks like the Wolverine’s JJ McCarthy and Colin Kaepernick at the professional level.