Jim Harbaugh Fails Miserably At Assuaging Fears From Michigan Fans That He’s Leaving For NFL

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By any measure, Jim Harbaugh has had as good a two years as any college football coach in the country not named Kirby Smart.

(Though TCU coach Sonny Dykes could change that fact on Monday)

Harbaugh has led Michigan to a pair of Big Ten titles, a pair of College Football Playoff appearances (the first and second in program history) and a combined 25-3 record in those seasons. It’s hard to do much better than that.

But in the end, Harbaugh hasn’t gotten it done when the chips are down in the playoffs. This has led some to wonder if a return to the NFL may be on the horizon.

A report from The Athletic stating that he would likely leave if given the opportunity did nothing to quiet the concerns of Michigan fans.

Harbaugh tried to assuage those fears with a comment on Wednesday but wasn’t exactly fervent in shooting down the rumors. He then released a full-on statement on Thursday.

But the contents of the statement only made things worse.

Jim Harbaugh Releases Statement That Only Serves To Worry Michigan Fans More

Harbaugh’s statement came via Michigan’s official Twitter account.

“As I stated in December, while no one knows what the future holds, I expect that I will be enthusiastically coaching Michigan in 2023,” the statement read in part.

Now, I’m no expert, but “no one knows what the future holds” doesn’t exactly sound super commital. Who knows, maybe Harbaugh is just trying to get a bigger payday from Michigan AD Warde Manuel?

But it sure wasn’t as clear as simply saying “I will be the coach of the Michigan Wolverines next season.” Which is something you’d say if you clearly intended to be the coach of the Michigan Wolverines next season.

Either way, the statement only served to raise fears, not allay them.

Will Jim Harbaugh be in Ann Arbor next season? Whomst can say?!