Despite leaving Michigan on National Signing Day to interview for an opening with the Minnesota Vikings, Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh has decided to spurn NFL opportunities to remain the coach of his alma mater, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. Michigan was “elated” to learn of Harbaugh’s decision with the coach committing to remain with the program long-term.
“Jim Harbaugh told [athletic director] Warde Manuel that this would not be a [reoccurring issue] and he would stay at Michigan as long as it wants him,” wrote Schefter, citing sources.
Harbaugh, who last season led the Wolverines to their first outright Big Ten championship since 2003 and first ever appearance in the College Football Playoff, was believed to be a strong candidate for the Vikings and potentially the Miami Dolphins.
Jim Harbaugh called Michigan to inform the school that, despite interviewing with the Vikings today, he will be returning to school for the 2022 season, sources tell ESPN. Michigan was, in the words of one source, “elated” to get Harbaugh’s decision.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 3, 2022
— Chris Balas (@Balas_Wolverine) February 1, 2022