Jim Harbaugh could be making his way back to the National Football League.
According to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, Michigan Head Football Coach, Jim Harbaugh leaving the school is a ‘done deal’ if he were offered a job to return to the NFL.
“I think it is a done deal if he gets an offer."
Here is our updated story on Jim Harbaugh/NFL 2.0 with @josephperson's reporting this morning that Panthers owner David Tepper has talked with Harbaugh about the Carolina head-coaching vacancy: https://t.co/q4VrLN7OLu
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 3, 2023
Jim Harbaugh’s History In College Football
Jim Harbaugh began his head coaching journey in the college ranks when he signed on to take charge of the Stanford Cardinal prior to the 2007 season. Harbaugh would coach his way to a solid 29-21 record with Stanford before departing for the NFL following the 2010 season.
Harbaugh would then return to college in 2015, taking over for Brady Hoke, to head up his alma mater, the Michigan Wolverines. Harbaugh has compiled a 74-25 record in Ann Arbor, and secured his first two conference titles over the past two seasons, both of which, unfortunately for Harbaugh, would end in the College Football Playoff semi-finals.
If this is it for Harbaugh in college, he’ll exit with a combined 103-46 record during his 12 season tenure with Stanford and Michigan.
Jim Harbaugh’s History In The NFL
As previously mentioned, Harbaugh would leave Stanford to take on his first (and thus far, only) NFL head coaching gig, and would take over the San Francisco 49ers following the club’s one-year run with Jim Tomsula.
Harbaugh would lead the Niners to three-straight 10+ win seasons, including a Super Bowl loss to his brother, John and the Baltimore Ravens in 2012. Harbaugh led San Francisco to two additional conference championship appearances but would end what would be his final season with the Niners, with just an 8-8 record, missing the playoffs for the first and only time during his four-year tenure with the club. Harbaugh’s combined record over four seasons leading the Niners was a very impressive 44-19-1.
Current NFL Head Coaching Vacancies
While the always dreadful ‘Black Monday’ is still nearly a week away, some head coaching spots in the NFL have already opened as the Indianapolis Colts fired Frank Reich, earlier this season, and appointed former offensive lineman, Jeff Saturday as the interim head coach. Another confirmed opening are the Carolina Panthers, who gave Matt Rhule his walking papers, earlier this season, and whole Rhule already is underway re-tooling the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Panthers are still looking for a permanent replacement for Rhule as interim coach, Steve Wilks hasn’t exactly set the world on fire during his brief tenure.
Other teams that could see their head coaching spots open up, sooner rather than later include the Arizona Cardinals (Kliff Kingsbury), Denver Broncos (Nathaniel Hackett), Houston Texans (Lovie Smith), and New Orleans Saints (Dennis Allen).