Brace yourselves, Michigan fans. The “Jim Harbaugh could be leaving” talk might be starting up again soon.
There were plenty of rumors last year about Harbaugh potentially being interested in returning to the NFL, though none seemed to have much merit. There aren’t any rumors out there yet in 2017, but there are odds listed about Harbaugh’s future at Michigan.
The oddsmakers at SportsBettingDime listed odds for a handful of college football coaches who might not be back at their respective schools at the start of next season. Harbaugh, who is in his third year at Michigan, was one of nine coaches given odds.
SportsBettingDime said there is a 12-1 chance that Harbaugh will not be Michigan’s coach at the start of next season. The odds on Harbaugh not coming back were the lowest any coach had. Tennessee’s Butch Jones had the highest odds at 1-9 and Nebraska’s Mike Riley was not far behind at 2-3.
Riley has been on the hot seat for most of the 2017 season after Nebraska suffered a Week 3 loss to Northern Illinois. Shortly after the defeat, Huskers athletic director Shawn Eichorst was fired and many fans and analysts speculated about Riley’s future.
Here is the full list oddsmakers put out earlier this week on the chances of a coach not returning to that school next season:
- Butch Jones (Tennessee): 1/9
- Bret Bielema (Arkansas): 2/1
- Mike Riley (Nebraska): 2/3
- Jim Mora (UCLA): 1/1
- David Beaty (Kansas): 1/1
- Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M): 3/2
- Lovie Smith (Illinois): 8/1
- Gus Malzahn (Auburn): 10/1
- Jim Harbaugh (Michigan): 12/1
It’s a long shot that Harbaugh would flee the Wolverines after just three seasons, but it’s likely something that will be talked about as the coaching carousel spins again in the NFL.