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‘Those who Stay Will be Champions’: Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh Releases Statement on NFL Rumors

Over the past few days, word has been that Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh would leave for the NFL if he had an offer.

It seems that Harbaugh is a candidate for multiple NFL teams and has talked with the Carolina Panthers.

Harbaugh made a statement on these rumors Thursday afternoon In the statement, Harbaugh said he plans to stay at Michigan but didn’t guarantee that he wouldn’t go back to the NFL.

The statement said l that Harbaugh— who coached the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-14 and made a Super Bowl and three NFC Championship Games—“is aware of the rumors and speculation over the past few days.”

”College and NFL teams have great interest in all our personnel, from players to coaches to staff,” the statement read, “and I truly believe that is a testament to the strength of our University of Michigan football program. As I stated in December, while no one knows what the future holds, I expect that I will be enthusiastically coaching Michigan in 2023.”

The statement went on to say that Harbaugh has spoken with Michigan’s president, Santa Ono, and its athletic director, Warde Manuel, and appreciates “their support of me and our program.”

”Our mission as Wolverines continues, and we are preparing for the 2023 season with great passion and enthusiasm.”

The Michigan HC and former NFL QB, Harbaugh, is 74-25 in eight seasons at Michigan and 25-3 over the past two years with two Big Ten championships and two College Football Playoff appearances. Michigan came into this year’s Playoff ranked No. 2 in the country but fell 51-45 to TCU in a thriller.

Harbaugh’s statement ended with a quote made famous by legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, who Harbaugh played quarterback for from 1983-86.

“Those who stay will be champions.”

We’ll see if Harbaugh stays.

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