Jim Harbaugh is done pursuing NFL head coaching jobs… so he says.
After an interview with the Minnesota Vikings which did not result in a job offer, Harbaugh announced he would be returning to the Michigan Wolverines.
Following his return, Harbaugh told Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press that he was hoping for another opportunity to win a Super Bowl, but when the Vikings job didn’t come to fruition he decided to stop pursuing a return to the league.
“I called Warde [Manuel, the Michigan athletic director] and I asked him if he wanted me to be the head coach,” Harbaugh said. “And he said, ‘Yes, 100 percent.’ And I said, OK then. That’s what I want to do.’ And I told him, ‘Warde, this will not be a reoccurring theme every year. This was a one-time thing.
“Sure, the Super Bowl is the greatest prize in our sport. But winning a national championship. That’s pretty darn great. Let’s do that. There was a pull to the NFL because I got that close to the Super Bowl, but this was the time [to try and return.] And this is the last time. Now let’s go chase college football’s greatest prize.”
Of course, it’s easy to come to that conclusion after you don’t receive a job offer, but Harbaugh appeared to already have one foot out of the door after taking the interview instead of focusing on National Signing Day.
And do we really think Harbaugh couldn’t be tempted to return to the NFL if another intriguing job offer popped up? Of course not. But for now, he’ll give it another go in Ann Arbor.