Jim Harbaugh seems to have put to bed rumors about him leaving Michigan for New York.

Jim Harbaugh pretty much killed the narrative that he is leaving Michigan for the NFL.

Ahead of the Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards in Houston, Texas on Wednesday night, Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh essentially ended any notion that he will leave the Wolverines for an NFL job this offseason.

“I’ve got the whole family down here,” said Harbaugh on AM-610 Sports Radio in Houston. “Wife Sarah, sons Jack and John, Katie and Addie, we’re all down here and we’re here today. We’re going to maybe fined some fun stuff to do with the family tomorrow.”

“Just got to enjoy these days with your family because we hit the road recruiting in the next couple of days. It’s kind of the last couple of days to spend with the family, and I couldn’t think of a better place to be.”

The big key in Harbaugh’s quote is part about recruiting. Michigan is coming off the best season in a generation. Although the Wolverines are a Blue-blood program, this is their best recruiting season in years. Harbaugh may want to stay in Ann Arbor but this is how Harbaugh sees the Wolverines staying in the College Football Playoff. He’s about to enter year eight.

Harbaugh might have been a great success in the NFL but he seems happy leading Michigan.

Jim Harbaugh has not left Michigan football to join the NFL, it does not sound that way

While Harbaugh’s name has been linked to jobs such as the Chicago Bears and the Las Vegas Raiders, the fact he is not interviewing for the first NFL team he played for or the first NFL team he coached on respectively is telling. You should also note that Michigan is not one of the few college football jobs for which a head coaching position is available. Harbaugh is in a fantastic spot.

Harbaugh is on a College Football Hall of Fame path as a head coach, as long as he can get Michigan to 9-3 every time and sometimes beat Ohio State. Harbaugh is a top-10 college football head coach leading a top-10 team. He should have his Michigan teams playing in New Year’s Six bowls with great regularity. The Bears and Raiders both are on the verge of rebuilding, but they are also chaotic.

Michigan has a chance of staying elite if Harbaugh is active on the recruiting trail this offseason.

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