After interviewing with the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday, Jim Harbaugh has informed the University of Michigan officials that he will be returning as the school’s head coach for the 2022 season.
Michigan said that they were “elated” at Harbaugh’s decision to stay at Michigan despite leaving the program twisting in the wind by conducting an interview with the Vikings on National Signing Day.
Harbaugh, 58 has a 61-24 record at Michigan and he is coming off his best season in Ann Arbor by beating the hated Ohio State Buckeyes for the first time in six tries, winning a Big Ten Championship, and qualifying for the College Football Playoff. Harbaugh for his efforts won Associated Press college Coach of the Year in college football for the 2021 season.
Harbaugh has annually been a hot coaching candidate with rumors of interest from the Las Vegas Raiders and Chicago Bears earlier in the NFL coaching cycle.
Harbaugh was the coach of the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-14 where he won one NFC conference championship, two NFC West championships, and was in three consecutive championship game appearances. He compiled a 49-22-1 record and also won coach of the year in San Francisco.
Harbaugh is 4-3 all-time against Penn State, including a 21-17 win in Happy Valley last season. Michigan will play Penn State on October 15th in Ann Arbor.