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Jim Harbaugh staying at Michigan after coach flirts with NFL during second straight offseason

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Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh will return as the Wolverine’s football coach in 2023 after being rumored to be a top pick for several NFL openings over the past few weeks. Harbaugh has been linked to numerous NFL opportunities after leading Michigan to a second straight Big Ten championship and college football playoff appearance. Harbaugh has a history of success in the NFL, including three playoff bids and a Super Bowl appearance in four years with the San Francisco 49ers (2011-14).

School president Santa Ono first revealed Harbaugh’s intention to stay in Michigan on Twitter on Monday, and the Wolverine coach immediately confirmed the news of his return for a ninth season at his alma mater with a brief statement.

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“I love the relationships I have in Michigan — with the coaches, the staff, the families, the administration, the president of Santa Ono, and especially the players and their families,” Harbaugh said. “My heart belongs to the University of Michigan. I once heard a wise man say, “Don’t try to be happier than happier.” Get blue!”

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This announcement ended rampant speculation that Harbaugh would consider returning to the NFL. Harbaugh said earlier with Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper, and was also tied for openings with the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts. He said Queen City News that “I think I’ll coach Michigan next year” after his conversation with Tepper, but the door to a potential return to the NFL remained open.

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Harbaugh previously interviewed the Minnesota Vikings after the 2021 season, a vacancy that was eventually filled by Kevin O’Connell, but it still took Harbaugh a long time in February 2022 to eventually commit to returning to Ann Arbor . He later described this interest as a “one-time thing” to Detroit Free Press, but found himself involved with NFL teams again after the 2022 season.

Flirting in the NFL in 2021 eventually caused problems within the program as former Broyles Award-winning offensive coordinator Josh Gattis left for the same position in Miami and defensive coordinator Mike McDonald returned to the NFL to join Harbaugh’s brother, John , with Baltimore Ravens.

After his flirtation with the NFL last offseason, Harbaugh agreed to $36.7 million five-year extension until the 2026 season. By winning a second consecutive Big Ten title, Harbaugh may have the leverage to secure another extension.

Michigan is unanimously in the top five programs in the preseason rankings, and Harbaugh is back at the forefront. Heisman rival runner Blake Corum will return to his senior season from a season-ending knee injury, joining runner Donovan Edwards and quarterback JJ McCarthy to form one of the most interesting quarterbacks in the Big Ten.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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