The coaching carousel for college football in 2021 is still churning.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, according to a Tuesday report, may be drawn to quit the Wolverines and go back to the NFL. He just led the Wolverines to their first spot in the College Football Playoff and their first win in The Game since 2011. Under his guidance, they won the Big Ten championship for the first time since 2004. The team even secured their best winning score against Ohio since the Rose Bowl in 1998.
Jim Harbaugh’s Reasons To Switch Back To NFL
Feldman claimed that the timing may be ideal for Harbaugh to return to the NFL, citing NFL and Michigan sources. In between university positions at Stanford and Michigan, he was the head coach of the 49ers for four years.
Harbaugh was able to go 22-2 in 2 of his last 3 seasons at the San Diego University. He changed Stanford from a dormant team to a power team in just four years. He attended three NFC championship games. Jim Harbaugh reached the Super Bowl with his SF 49ers in three seasons. However, he was kicked out after year 4.
He is the only coach in the league who can switch between college ranks and the pros and still win games. The question remains whether he wants to go back.
Usually, coaches who have NFL opportunities, do not return to university football. Michigan was Jim Harbaugh‘s alma mater. It is situated in the small town he was raised in. Jim was given the helm of the Wolverines’ ship. The team had scored 24-32 at the Big Ten game under Brady Hoke and Rich Rodriguez the last 7 years.
Jim Harbaugh made improvements in his staff last season. He added younger assistants to improve drafting. The current program has many young talents, energy, a five-star QB, Dante Moore. Moore lives in Detroit and could bring a transformative win in the 2023 batch.
There are a ton of motivations for Jim Harbaugh to stay. However, 7 years is a long time, and coach Jim Harbaugh is not the type to stay for too long.