Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh is reportedly taking steps to get his staff ready if he manages to snag an NFL job.
The close of the NFL regular season means the opening of the feeding frenzy that is the NFL coaching carousel.
Michigan football has already been bracing for involvement in that whirlwind with reports surrounding head coach Jim Harbaugh and a potential return to the pros.
Jay Glazer added to the storm on Sunday when he reported that Harbaugh is gearing up for a new job by making calls to gauge the interest of assistant coaches who might be interested in joining his staff.
Jim Harbaugh is feeling out a potential NFL staff, per Jay Glazer
There is far too much smoke around Harbaugh and the NFL for the interest on one side or the other to be fabricated.
The mystery now is what Harbaugh ultimately wants to do. He’s never been closer to competing for a national championship than he is right now at Michigan.
At the same time, Harbaugh made it to the Super Bowl as an NFL head coach. The draw to return and prove himself could be major. Is he more a Nick Saban-type who knows the college game is where he belongs? Or is he more like Pete Carroll, who was driven to make it back into the NFL for Super Bowl glory?
Teams looking for a new head coach would have plenty of reason to consider him. He was 44-19 with the 49ers and made it to the NFC Championship Game or better three times in four years.
The Wolverines can only offer him what they can and hope that whatever interest from the NFL doesn’t stick, or for him to spurn the pros.