‘Tis the season of Jim Harbaugh to the NFL rumors that are consistently proven to be pure speculation.
ESPN insider Adam Schefter, a Michigan graduate, broke the news Sunday morning following an exclusive interview with the Michigan head coach.
Jim Harbaugh told ESPN that he won't leave Michigan for NFL: "We have big plans here."https://t.co/DcvLvt27G0
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 9, 2018
“I can’t be any more clear about this — it’s not true,” Harbaugh told Schefter regarding the NFL rumors. “I’m not going anywhere.”
Following his third 10-win season in four total with the Wolverines, Harbaugh was the subject of a lot of heat following his fourth-straight loss to Ohio State — this one in embarrassing fashion, losing 62-39 in the Game of the Week.
That caused a lot of speculation from national media, mainly television and sports radio personalities.
The most concrete claim came from Cris Carter, who, coincidentally, is a former wide receiver at Ohio State.
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Not to worry, Michigan fans, Harbaugh reiterated his allegiance in the interview.
“This is a choreographed message that comes up at this time every year before signing day. It’s people spreading messages to further their own personal agenda,” Harbaugh said. “But I’m on record right here, right now: I’m not going anywhere. I’m staying at Michigan. We have big plans here, and there’s a lot we want to accomplish.”
Michigan lost the commitment of 5-star safety Dax Hill Saturday night, a recruit that planned to enroll early and sign in December rather than February. The next day, Schefter published the interview with Harbaugh, where the head coach emphasized the timing of these rumors every year: signing day.
The No. 7 Wolverines face off with No. 10 Florida in the Peach Bowl Dec. 29.