Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said after the No. 2 Wolverines’ season ended Saturday night with a 51-45 loss to No. 3 TCU in the semifinals of the Fiesta Bowl College Football Playoffs. It could have seen yet another round of NFL interest.The Denver Broncos are one of the teams “doing their homework” on Harbaugh as a potential candidate to fill the coaching vacancy, according to NFL.com. is.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero noted that the Broncos are “one of several teams” considering the possibility of bringing Harbaugh back to the NFL. From 2011 he coached the Francisco 49ers until 2014. The Broncos were chosen because of Harbaugh’s connection to Condoleezza Rice, a member of the team’s ownership and a member of the search committee to replace Nathaniel Hackett. Rice is also an important part of Stanford’s college community, coached by Jim Harbaugh before moving to the NFL.
Harbaugh, who went 74-25 in eight seasons at his alma mater, interviewed the Minnesota Vikings last season after leading Michigan to its first Big 10 title since Lloyd Kerr and making his first CFP appearance on the show. reaffirmed his commitment. To the Wolverines, he declared cheating in the NFL wasn’t an annual recurring theme. Although intrigued, Harbaugh said he was also keen to pursue a national championship with the Wolverines. However, the franchise eventually hired Kevin O’Connell as their coach.
Now, if any of these franchises doing their homework decide to involve a Michigan coach in their coaching search, Harbaugh’s “one-off” claim will obviously be put to the test.