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Jim Harbaugh’s flirtation with the NFL in 2022 ended with him returning to the University of Michigan, and the same thing happened in 2023.

Harbaugh interviewed with the Broncos last week, but University of Michigan President Santa Ono said in a tweet Monday afternoon that he had just spoken with Harbaugh and that Harbaugh said he would stay with the Wolverines.

“I just talked to Coach Harbaugh and Jim shared his good news with me is going to stay as the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines,” Ono said. “It’s fantastic news that I’ve shared with our athletic director, Ward Manuel.”

Harbaugh released his own statement shortly after.

“I love the relationships I have at Michigan — the coaches, the staff, the families, the administration, President Santa Ono and especially the player and their families,” Harbaugh said. “My heart is in the University of Michigan. I once heard a wise man say: “Don’t try to be too happy.” Go blue.”

Late last week, Ohno said the school had “positive and constructive conversations” with Harbaugh about staying in Ann Arbor. Those talks reportedly included discussion of Harbaugh’s contract adjustments, and it will be interesting to see if a buyout deal now exists that makes it less likely Harbaugh will explore returning to the NFL in 2024.


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