Jim Harbaugh: ‘I’m staying at Michigan’

Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh looks up at the scoreboard during the second quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on Nov. 24.Photo Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh didn’t mince words Sunday when he refuted rumors he is looking to return to the NFL.

“This is a choreographed message that comes up at this time every year before signing day,” the 54-year-old Harbaugh said. “It’s people spreading messages to further their own personal agenda.

“But I’m on record right here, right now: I’m not going anywhere. I’m staying at Michigan. We have big plans here, and there’s a lot we want to accomplish.”

Harbaugh owns a 38-13 mark during his four years as coach of the Wolverines. He is also 0-4 versus bitter rival Ohio State.

Former NFL receiver and Fox Sports commentator Cris Carter said that Harbaugh would likely leave Ann Arbor and vie for an NFL job, specifically with the Green Bay Packers or Cleveland Browns.

In a radio appearance on Thursday, Michigan athletic director Wade Manuel refuted the claims of Carter, who played at rival Ohio State.

“I would say consider the source of the comment,” Manuel said on WTKA-AM (1050). “Cris is very accomplished in his life but he went to the school down south. (People) tend to throw out things like that. ‘Sources say, my sources.’ Listen I haven’t missed any sleep. Jim has not said anything to me about it. He’s on the road recruiting, putting in great effort.”

Earlier this week, Carter made the comments on Fox Sports One’s First Things First.

“Watch out for Jim Harbaugh,” Carter said. “Because Jim Harbaugh potentially is trying to get his way out of Michigan. Alright, I’ve got good sources that are telling me not only Green Bay, but also watch out for the Cleveland Browns. He likes the quarterback situations there, and I believe that there is front office people in Green Bay who are enamored with Jim Harbaugh and potentially trying to get him to come to Green Bay.”

The Wolverines finished the regular season at 10-2 and will face Florida in the upcoming Peach Bowl.

Before joining his alma mater, Harbaugh was 44-19-1 during four seasons coaching the San Francisco 49ers. He reached Super Bowl XLVII and lost to the Baltimore Ravens after the 2012 season and also reached two NFC title games.

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