Speaking Wednesday with Cleveland media on a conference call, John Harbaugh denied reports that he has been pressuring his brother Jim Harbaugh to take the Michigan job.
It has been reported that the Harbaugh family has been pushing for Jim Harbaugh to accept an offer from Michigan to become its next head coach, but John Harbaugh called those reports “absolutely false.”
“I don’t know where that came from, but it didn’t come from the Harbaughs,” he said. “My dad and I both said [to Jim], ‘Don’t tell us. If something gets out, we don’t want the finger pointed at us. Leave us out of it and don’t tell us what you’re going to do.’”
“I think he’s just trying to figure out what the next thing is for him. And I think more than anything he’s just trying to have a great game on Sunday.”
There is little doubt left that Jim Harbaugh’s run with the San Fransisco 49ers will come to an end after Sunday’s game against Arizona; the only question that remains is what he’ll do next. The NFL has always been and will always be and attractive destination for any coach, but it is being widely reported that Michigan is anything but out of the running for Harbaugh.
Tyler Fenwick is the managing editor of The Big House Report. Follow him on Twitter @Ty_Fenwick.