Another day, another report, and another sign that Jim Harbaugh to Michigan is all but a done deal.
Late Saturday night, well-respected New York Times‘ best-selling author John Bacon tweeted that, according to sources, “Harbaugh is coming to Michigan” as the next Wolverines’ head coach. Bacon’s tweet carries weight as he’s a Michigan-based writer with significant ties to the university.
This report comes the same day that veteran NFL writer Jason Cole reported that the San Francisco 49ers, Harbaugh’s current employer, expect the former UM quarterback to take the job at his alma mater.
Not only does it appear highly likely that Harbaugh will be returning to Ann Arbor, but we now have a timeframe: Monday.
The 49ers play their final game of the 2014 season Sunday. At some point after that game ends, and perhaps even that very night, it’s expected that the NFL club will announce that they have parted ways with the coach. Or, Harbaugh will simply announce that he’s leaving to take the UM job.
Regardless of how specifically it plays out, it appears the likelihood that Harbaugh will be back at his old campus stomping grounds is extremely high. And that, my CFT friends, is a very good deal for the Big Ten specifically and college football in general.
UPDATED Dec. 28 at 1:48 a.m. ET: An additional confirmation has come in very early Sunday morning as CSN Bay Area‘s Dave Feldman is reporting that “Harbaugh will be introduced as the head football coach of the University of Michigan on Tuesday.” Feldman also confirmed, as previously reported, that “[m]ultiple members of the 49ers staff ‘expected’ Harbaugh to fill the Wolverines’ head coaching vacancy.”