A year ago, Jim Harbaugh’s life was in constant spin cycle with speculation about where he would go next.
The Michigan football coach is not interested in repeating that anytime soon.
So when he was asked about being the Indianapolis Colts GM/coach (even though the organization has a GM and coach currently) after Saturday’s 48-41, double-overtime win at Indiana, he quickly shut it down.
“Stop, stop, just stop yourself,” Harbaugh said to the Indiana-based reporter, putting his hand up. “No comment.”
Though this is only his first season in Ann Arbor, Harbaugh is considered an attractive NFL target because of his success with the San Francisco 49ers, going to two NFC title games and a Super Bowl in his first three seasons. He has a tie to the Colts because he was their quarterback from 1994-97, leading them to the AFC title game in 1995 when he was the AFC offensive player of the year.
It’s widely believed that his problems with the 49ers management led to the sides separating after last season, opening Harbaugh as an available candidate at Michigan. Though NFL insiders long speculated he would stay in the NFL and never return to college, Harbaugh has never acknowledged seriously considering anything but Michigan.
He has a seven-year contract and has often talked this summer and fall about how much he and his family enjoy living in Ann Arbor and how comfortable they feel there.