Could Jim Harbaugh be NFL bound in 2024?
If a new report from Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports is to be believed, it’s a real possibility.
Feldman states that Harbaugh could face a suspension for the “bulk” of the 2024 season if he returns to Michigan next season.
Jim Harbaugh Could Face Lengthy 2024 Suspension If He Returns To Michigan
“This is a guy who has flirted hard with the NCAA for the last two offseasons,” Feldman began. “Remember, he met with the Minnesota Vikings on signing day, no less, two years ago. And then last year was courted by the Broncos and opted to stay with Michigan because he really wanted to coach this team that everybody came for.
“…Well, going forward it’s going to be interesting because he still has an NCAA investigation from recruiting violations from the COVID dead period that the NCAA’s still after him about. Now you have this Connor Stalions signal stealing story that they’re dealing with. It would not be surprising if Jim Harbaugh, if he is still the coach at Michigan, could be suspended for the bulk of the 2024 season I am told.”
Suddenly the NFL is looking pretty darn attractive.
Harbaugh, meanwhile, maintains his innocence with regards to sign stealing.
“I want to make it clear that I, and my staff, will fully cooperate with the investigation into this matter,” Harbaugh said. “I do not have any knowledge or information regarding the University of Michigan football program illegally stealing signals, nor have I directed any staff member or others to participate in an off-campus scouting assignment. I have no awareness of anyone on our staff having done that or having directed that action. I do not condone or tolerate anyone doing anything illegal or against NCAA rules.”
Clearly the Big Ten and NCAA don’t see things the same way.
Which could well mean Harbaugh’s days in Ann Arbor are numbered.