With each passing day, it feels less and less likely that Jim Harbaugh will be in San Francisco when the 2015 NFL season rolls around. Harbaugh reportedly has deep-seated issues with the 49ers upper management, and the situation has drawn comparisons with how the Golden State Warriors fired popular coach Mark Jackson despite taking the team to two consecutive playoff appearances.
Unlike Jackson, Harbaugh has taken the 49ers all the way to a championship game, and has a previous track record of success at Stanford, a program he resurrected before taking the San Francisco job.
Harbaugh has been linked to the now-vacant Michigan job for years - he played quarterback there for legendary coach Bo Schembechler, and the school is one of the few NCAA programs with the resources and sentimental ties to poach him from the NFL. On Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter backtracked on previous reports that Harbaugh would prefer to stay in the NFL if he left San Francisco, reporting that "one person familiar with his thinking said he was at least 'considering [the Michigan job].'"
Harbaugh has reportedly been offered a deal that would make him the richest coach at any level of football, paying $48-49 million over six years.
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