Source: Jim Harbaugh set to become Michigan’s new head coach
Michigan’s pursuit of Jim Harbaugh is set to come to an end.
A source confirmed to FOX Sports CFB insider Bruce Feldman on Sunday that Harbaugh — who parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers after their final game Sunday — is expected to be the Wolverines’ new head coach. Expect an official announcement of Harbaugh’s hire midday Tuesday, a source told FOX on Monday morning.
Harbaugh is scheduled to be on a private jet with his wife at 10 a.m. PT Monday headed for Ann Arbor, a source said. The plan is for Harbaugh to be at Michigan’s home basketball game on Tuesday against Illinois.
Prior to this turn of events, FOX Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer reported the Oakland Raiders were still holding out hope they’d be able to reach a deal with Harbaugh after he coached what will be his final game with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Harbaugh has stayed understandably mum about his plans, deflecting questions and speculation this past week.
"What will happen will happen, what won’t happen won’t happen," Harbaugh said Monday. "Like the players, like the coaches, we’re dedicated to doing our job, finish what you start. That’s the mindset."
Harbaugh, who will turn 51 on Tuesday, has one year remaining on the $25 million, five-year contract he signed in January 2011 to leave Stanford for the NFL. San Francisco finishes its disappointing first season at $1.3 billion Levi’s Stadium on Sunday hosting Arizona.
"Let’s hug our families and go get a win here," he said. "It’s not fun when you lose. That’s a heartbreaking thing."
Harbaugh’s Niners reached each of the last three NFC championship games and lost the Super Bowl following the 2012 season.
Michigan fired Brady Hoke after a dismal 5-7 season, the low point of his four years in Ann Arbor. Hoke’s record as Wolverines head coach got worse each season.
Harbaugh played quarterback for the Wolverines from 1983-1986. He would be tasked with rebuilding a program that is suddenly in a very long shadow behind its arch rival, Ohio State. The fourth-ranked Buckeyes are soaring under head coach Urban Meyer’s leadership and face No. 1 Alabama in the semifinals of the inaugural College Football Playoff on Thursday.