Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh has long been linked with a return to the NFL. After interviewing with the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday, Harbaugh finally made the long-awaited decision on his future.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Harbaugh called Michigan after his interview with the Vikings to inform the university he would be returning for the 2022 season.
Jim Harbaugh called Michigan to inform the school that, despite interviewing with the Vikings today, he will be returning to school for the 2022 season, sources tell ESPN. Michigan was, in the words of one source, “elated” to get Harbaugh’s decision.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 3, 2022
This is obviously a huge get for Michigan, as the university was likely expecting to have to find a new head coach amid the interest surrounding Harbaugh and the various vacancies in the NFL. Ultimately, however, the Vikings didn't do enough to lure Harbaugh back to the league, resulting in his decision to come back for another go-around at Michigan.
Harbaugh had been linked to various NFL head coaching jobs throughout the current hiring process, most frequently the Vikings and the Las Vegas Raiders. Despite the interest in Harbaugh, however, he opted to return to Michigan following his best-ever season at the helm.
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In 2021, Harbaugh and the Wolverines managed to take down Ohio State for the first time in his tenure as head coach. The Wolverines defense took a massive leap last year as well, going from one of the worst units in the Big Ten to one of the best in the entire country.
Harbaugh has amassed a 61-24 record with Michigan. He is, however, 1-5 in bowl games, not having won a bowl since his first year in charge in Ann Arbor. Schefter noted that the Wolverines were said to be “elated” regarding the news of Harbaugh's return, so clearly, they feel he's the best man for the job.