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John Harbaugh hints at uncertainty for Jim Harbaugh’s future at Michigan

Even Jim Harbaugh’s brother John is not sure if Jim will remain in Ann Arbor.



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Aug 7, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh (left) with Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (right) prior to the game at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Ever since arriving in Ann Arbor, Michigan football fans have been hit with annual Harbaugh-NFL rumors. Over the past two seasons, the NFL’s interest in Jim Harbaugh has gotten very real — perhaps a little too real as he has now interviewed with two NFL teams in 2022 and 2023. On Wednesday, John Harbaugh spoke on his brother’s future with the Michigan Wolverines.

What did John Harbaugh say about Jim’s time in Ann Arbor?

Here is what John Harbaugh had to say about Jim Harbaugh’s potential future with the Wolverines. We all know Jim will be Michigan’s head coach in 2023; however, in 2024 and beyond there seems to be no real expectations.

“I don’t know,” John Harbaugh said. “I feel like, again, you talk about providence too, and it’s good work; I think he’s really good about that. He talked about, ‘Make no oath for the future.’ I think he’s honest about that. That’s probably the difference with him and all these other guys who act like they’re not open about opportunities that come along. Jim is open about it.”

He continued, “So, I think he’s at Michigan for life, probably, but then again, maybe God’s got other plans,” he said. “So, we’ll see.”

Like Jim Harbaugh, John seems uncertain about his brother’s future in Ann Arbor

We are not sure that John Harbaugh knows anything about Jim’s future that make him hesitant to endorse him staying in Ann Arbor; however, from an outside perspective, it seems as if Jim Harbaugh is making it clear that all options are on the table. Time and time again Jim seems to leave the NFL door open, though his window for making a return to professional football is closing quickly.

Over the past two offseasons, Jim Harbaugh has flirted with many NFL teams — namely the Minnesota Vikings (2022) and the Denver Broncos (2023) — though he did not land on an NFL job when the time came to make a call. For now, Michigan football must do everything that it can to make Jim feel at home so that he is more likely to stay. No one knows the future, but the future in Ann Arbor looks a whole lot brighter if Jim Harbaugh is the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines.

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