The Wolverines are currently unbeaten and can step into the college football playoff with a victory over Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday, December 2 at the Kinnick Stadium.
“[Harbaugh] is certainly a name that is respected in league circles,” reports “The Athletic”. “[NFL] ownership is definitely interested in what he could bring back to the NFL.”
Harbaugh previously coached in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers between 2011-2014 but has mostly spent his career in the college system that he now seems set to depart. He holds a 141-52 college record (0.730) and in the NFL his teams racked up a 49-22-1 record.
He played in the NFL as a quarterback between 1987 and 2001, for the Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens, San Diego Chargers (now LA), Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers.
How serious are the links?
Two teams seriously considering him as a future head coach are the Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers as per reports.
The Panthers just fired Frank Reich after he amassed a 1-10 record despite having the 2023 Draft overall first pick Bryce Young as the starting quarterback, and they had discussions in 2022 about hiring Harbaugh although they elected not to in the end.
Whilst the Bears’ Matt Eberflus is reportedly on thin ice. During his time in Illinois, he’s only managed to get a 7-22 record (0.241) with four of those wins coming in 2023/24 as the Bears sit well below .500 and last in the NFC North.
Other teams interested in the 59-year-old are the Las Vegas Raiders, New England Patriots, Los Angeles Chargers and Washington Commanders, whom are all struggling this season and could roll the dice on some fresh ideas.