Current NFL coaches John Harbaugh and Jim Harbaugh are quickly becoming two of the most popular names when speaking of potential candidates to replace Michigan head coach Brady Hoke, whose firing seems all but inevitable at this point. An NFL Network report on Sunday said Michigan is more interested in Ravens coach John Harbaugh than it is 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, but John is not expected to leave Baltimore and pursue a job at Michigan.
The source told Wilson that there are multiple reasons, beyond his loyalty to Hoke as a friend, as to why Harbaugh would not pursue a coaching opportunity with the Wolverines, including his content with being coach of the Ravens.
Fans who desperately want a new coach stepping in for next season often cite the speculation that Harbaugh’s relationship with the Ravens’ ownership is reportedly a dicy one, though Harbaugh has denied those claims. On top of that, the whole ordeal concerning Ray Rice seemed to place Harbaugh in a lonely corner as he was seemingly one of few who tried to take appropriate measures in a timely manner.
Hoke’s job security in Ann Arbor is shaky at best. His team’s deteriorating on-field performance has led many to believe it’s only a matter of time until he is sent packing and looking for his next job. In that case, the top two names on the list of candidates would surely be John and Jim Harbaugh, though it looks like the road to the former would be a rocky one.