Report: Jim Harbaugh Wants To Stay In NFL, Not Coach College

Rumors have been swirling around San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh's future with the team all year after reports came out of tensions between him and the front office earlier this season.

If he were to leave to coach somewhere else after this season, many think that he may return to Michigan, where he played quarterback in the mid-80's. However, ESPN's Adam Schefter told Mike & Mike that Harbaugh is more likely to stay in the NFL  and not return to the college ranks.

I think he's more interested in staying in the pros. Listen, as a guy who went to Michigan, I've had a lot of people ask me 'could Jim Harbaugh wind up at Michigan?' I'm not going to tell you he can't, but based on everything I've been told and heard, I do not see that happening.

(What's) more likely (is), after the season's over, they sit down and figure out how to move forward and I think the chance's are Jim Harbaugh is not there. He's got a year left on his contract, he can't just up and leave (to another NFL team). The 49ers have his rights. He can't just up and leave, I think the 49ers have his rights. So if they have his rights and everyone agrees there has to be a change, why not get something back in return.

To me, the Oakland Raiders are the obvious landing spot. It would mean he could stay in the Bay Area, I'm sure he and his family are happy about that idea. ... I do know the Jets are monitoring the situation, whatever that means, they're paying close attention to it. ... We'll see.

The Oakland Raiders and New York Jets are both interested in hiring Harbaugh after the season, and are potentially willing to trade a draft pick to San Francisco for him.

There is still a chance that the 49ers decide to retain Harbaugh if he can lead them to the playoffs, according to Schefter.


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