Michigan football fans — and the whole college football world, really — are waiting with bated breath about the status of head coach Jim Harbaugh. A year after flirting with the NFL, Harbaugh is at it again.
It appears, though, that a potential long-term deal between Harbaugh and Michigan is coming together, considering what happened Thursday.
First, University of Michigan president Santa J. Ono released a statement on Twitter saying that he is having “very positive and constructive conversations” with Harbaugh and athletic director Warde Manuel. “Warde Manuel and I both want to see Jim Harbaugh stay as the head football coach of the University of Michigan Wolverines,” Ono wrote.
The Michigan football Twitter account responded immediately with a quote tweet, with a Harbaugh statement attached. “I am in full support of President Ono’s message to our fans and appreciate his support of me and the team,” Harbaugh wrote.
Though his messaging continues to be a little non-descript, the timing at least suggests Harbaugh’s working towards a lucrative Ann Arbor return.
We’ll see what happens from here, but things do need to get buttoned up in short order. Jan. 15 is the deadline for players who could declare for the NFL draft to make their decision. And then, there’s the recruiting piece, as well.
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Harbaugh did release a statement last week indicating that he intends to return to Ann Arbor for the 2023 season, but he did still have a Zoom interview with the Denver Broncos on Monday, throwing cold water on the idea that this will wrap up in the near-term.
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