Jim Harbaugh: My heart is in the University of Michigan

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Jim Harbaugh’s flirtation with the NFL ended in 2022 with his return to the University of Michigan and the same thing happened in 2023.

Harbaugh interviewed the Broncos last week, but University of Michigan President Santa Ono said in a tweet Monday afternoon that he just spoke to Harbaugh and that Harbaugh said he would stay with the Wolverines.

“I just got off the call with Coach Harbaugh and Jim shared with me the good news he is will stay As the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines,” Ono said. “This is great news that I reported to our athletic director Warda Manuel.”

Harbou issued a statement of his own shortly thereafter.

“I love the relationships I have at Michigan—the coaches, the staff, the families, the management, President Santa Uno, and especially the players and their families,” said Harbaugh. “My heart is in the University of Michigan. I once heard a wise man say, “Don’t try to be happy. Go blue!”

Ono said late last week that the school had “positive and constructive conversations” with Harbaugh about staying in Ann Arbor. Those conversations presumably included discussing modifications to Harbaugh’s contract and it will be interesting to see if there is now a buyout somewhere that makes it less likely that Harbaugh will explore returning to the NFL in 2024.

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