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Elway on Harbaugh: ‘I think Michigan is back in the picture’

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By the time we hit “publish” on this post, it could very well be obsolete given how the whole Jim Harbaugh “situation” has twisted and turned the past few days.  But, what the hell; it’s only time we’re wasting.

In the past 72 hours of the Harbaugh soap opera, we’ve seen the following developments: Michigan’s athletic director all but rule the Stanford coach out for their vacancy; Harbaugh declining an interview request from the Cleveland Browns and, later, the Denver Broncos; interviews with both the San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins; the latter NFL club making a serious push for his services before reportedly being rebuffed; and his current school making a significant financial move to retain their current coach.

That’s roughly what’s transpired over the past three days.  We think.  However, could the whole Harbaugh situation be coming full circle, back to where it was before Rich Rodriguez was even fired by Michigan?  At least one newly-minted NFL executive seems to think Ann Arbor is still in play.

Speaking on a Denver radio station Friday, Broncos executive John Elway said that he thinks Harbaugh wants to remain at his current level and, unbelievably, the Wolverines may still be an option for the coach.

“To me, it’s coming down to Stanford, and I think Michigan is back in the picture,” Elway said. “I think he wants to stay in the college level. ‘Cause we’ve been in touch with him, and they are aware we’d like to talk to him if he wants to go the NFL route.”

Well, that certainly adds another intriguing layer into the mix.  Although — shameless plug alert ahead!!! — if you follow CFT on Twitter, you wouldn’t be the least bit surprised by Elway’s opinion.

That said, it still appears likely that Harbaugh will either remain on The Farm or move on to the 49ers.  Again, though, don’t sleep on the Wolverines.  At least not yet.

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5 Responses to “Elway on Harbaugh: ‘I think Michigan is back in the picture’”
  1. northerncomposure says: Jan 7, 2011 3:19 PM

    Brandon needs to make it happen to save face and boost recruiting

  2. blitz4848 says: Jan 7, 2011 3:28 PM

    This is funny—–word is they will now rehire RichRod for a substantial salary increase over what they were paying him when he was fired.
    Not sure if that takes them off the hook for the buyout….ROFLMFAO

  3. ernieernie says: Jan 7, 2011 4:30 PM

    He’s signing with the Niners today! Its over.
    No way I saw this guy leaving the west coast. WHy?
    His kid said so three weeks ago that his dad was not interested in leaving the west coast.
    All this Michigan and Miami and Denver crap was just journalist speculating. He was either going to the niners or staying at Stanford all along.

  4. Deb says: Jan 7, 2011 5:26 PM

    I think not.

  5. gorilladunk says: Jan 7, 2011 6:29 PM

    If Elway is as in touch with the NFL scene as he is with the Harbaugh situation, Broncos’ fans can expect their worst nightmare…..Millen II, the sequal

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