Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has certainly been emphatic in dismissing NFL rumors as his Michigan team prepares for the Orange Bowl, but that hasn’t stopped rumors from running wild around him as NFL teams gear up for another round of the coaching carousel.
It now appears we can lay those rumors to rest for at least a year per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (by way of Pro Football Talk). According to the PFT report Saturday, Rapoport reported that that Harbaugh will not take an NFL coaching position this year, but could possibly return in the future.
Rapoport speculates that the Bears job could be one to watch for Harbaugh — he was drafted by Chicago in 1987 and played there for seven seasons. Pro Football Talk also added that there has been some chatter about the Colts, a position that would reunite the coach with Andrew Luck, his quarterback at Stanford.
Of course, these reports have to always be considered with caution, as few seem to truly know what Harbaugh is thinking. He seems to be loving his time at Michigan, and the feeling is certainly mutual. But the allure of higher competition in the NFL, along with the gigantic amount of money he would likely receive, could end up being too much for Harbaugh to resist.