The Chicago Bears are in the process of identifying their next head coach, and the franchise is weighing out all of its options ahead of what will go down as a crucial hire. Among the handful of candidates linked to the vacancy is University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh. According to Hub Arkush, the Bears and Harbaugh have ‘had a phone conversation' regarding the vacant head coaching position, but it doesn't appear as if talks have reached any advanced stages.

Arkush, speaking on The Rush, indicated that Harbaugh and the Bears have had some contact, but Arkush suggests that Harbaugh remains undecided on whether or not he wants to make the jump to the NFL.

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“I've had some contact with Jim,” Arkush said. “I didn't ask him and he didn't tell me. But one other source who is usually pretty good told me that there was just a brief phone conversation. I’m not going to say it's between Jim and somebody in the organization… I don't know. I can't confirm that for certain, but it's a pretty good source. I think that there was a phone call and I think where that phone call ended is Jim's got decisions to make and again, he just hasn't made them.”

Based on Arkush's analysis of the situation, Harbaugh appears to be torn on whether or not leaving Michigan is the right move. There's plenty of interest in Harbaugh from NFL teams, but as of now, it appears he has yet to commit to either the Wolverines or the NFL.

Harbaugh is also said to be in discussions over a potential extension with Michigan, so there's a chance he's using his NFL interest as leverage to secure a better contract. The Michigan boss recently made some changes to the Wolverines' coaching staff and has remained active in recruiting, both suggesting he feels there's still work to do in Ann Arbor. As for the Bears, they'll just have to wait and see what Harbaugh ends up doing.