San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has made a point about not addressing rumors about what 2015 will bring for his coaching career, including sidestepping reports that he's been approached by both the Michigan Wolverines, his alma mater, and the Oakland Raiders in regards to possible head coaching opportunities.
“As a principle, I don’t talk about any other job other than the one that I have,” Harbaugh said when asked about the nature of reported exchanges with both Michigan officials and Raiders owner Mark Davis, via Steve Corkran of the San Jose Mercury News. “I’ve answered this question many times, even recently, so you know exactly where my priorities are."
Far from taking a potential move to Ann Arbor off the proverbial table, Harbaugh continues to dodge questions on his own future while attempting to steer the conversation towards the exploits of the franchise he currently coaches for.
“I get this from the Marines: Leaders eat last," Harbaugh said. "My No. 1 priority is winning football games. The second priority is the wellfare of the players, the coaches, all our staff, the wellfare of our team. Lastly is my own personal, professional future.”
An NFL Network report on Sunday indicated that Michigan officials had contacted Harbaugh about the possibility of replacing deposed head coach Brady Hoke. However, the same report indicated that Michigan representatives left the meeting with the notion that Harbaugh is intent on remaining in the NFL as a head coach.
Add in the fact that there's no official indication that the 49ers are aiming to fire Harbaugh (and thus allowing him to pursue the UM job), it appears there's still more questions that answers when it comes to both the Michigan coaching search and Jim Harbaugh's future in general.