Jim Harbaugh’s decision to go back to coaching at the collegiate level after leaving the San Francisco 49ers was clearly the right one. His Michigan Wolverines are already one of the best teams in the nation, and Harbaugh is the highest-paid coach in college football.
That doesn’t mean NFL teams are going to stop calling him.
According to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, several NFL teams are already prepared to make “mega-offers” to Harbaugh after the season ends. Freeman notes that there is virtually no chance Harbaugh leaves Ann Arbor, but teams are certainly going to ask him to consider it.
The situation Harbaugh found himself in with the 49ers was truly unfortunate. He basically brought the team back from the dead in reaching three consecutive NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl, but his relationship with the Niners’ brass was always an icy one. If not for that, there’s a good possibility Harbaugh would still be coaching at the pro level.
Harbaugh is only 52, which is young by college and NFL coaching standards. It would be silly to say Harbaugh will never return to pro football, but we’ve all heard the entertaining stories from recruits about how awesome the former quarterback is at landing top prospects. Michigan shouldn’t have to worry about finding another coach for a long time.