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Jim Harbaugh addresses future after Michigan chokes away bowl game

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It’s a reasonable conclusion to draw.

The University of Michigan capped off a disappointing 8-5 season by blowing a 16-point lead to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.

After three years back at his alma mater, Jim Harbaugh has led the Wolverines to an underwhelming 28-11 record, and there are currently six NFL teams without head coaches, with the potential for more still to come.

So why wouldn’t people wonder if Harbaugh is considering a return to the pros?

Well, some people may be wondering, but the embattled coach made one thing clear Monday: he’s staying in Ann Arbor.

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When asked whether this was his last game at U of M, Harbaugh answered the Detroit News with one word.

“No.”

One can certainly understand the question, after the Wolverines turned the ball over on three of their last four possessions.

A 19-3 lead quickly turned into a 26-19 embarrassment.

It was the Big Ten’s only loss in eight Bowl games.

Afterwards, Harbaugh admitted the obvious by saying the Wolverines were unable to maintain the momentum that gave them a big lead.

“Yeah, one thing, it’s being able to just kind of sustain the momentum, keep the momentum, and then get the knockout punch,” he said.

For as much success as Harbaugh had during his NFL career — resurrecting the 49ers all the way to the Super Bowl — it’s clear why teams would love to lure him away.

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Two of those teams would surely be the Colts and Lions. Harbaugh starred in Indianapolis, and the Lions play just 45 minutes away from campus.

While the coach says he’s not planning on leaving Michigan, some Michigan alums seem open to the idea.

Earlier in the week, Harbaugh again addressed rumors of his departure.

Whether his oatmeal is reheated or not, another season of coaching rumors will include Harbaugh’s name, regardless of how much he denies having any interest in leaving.

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Mike is an 11-time Michigan Emmy Award winner who has spent nearly 30 years working in sports media.
Mike has spent nearly 30 years in all aspects of sports media, including on-air, 10 at ESPN and another 10 at Fox Sports Detroit. He now works as a TV agent, and lives with his family in West Bloomfield, MI.
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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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11-time Michigan Emmy winner
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Emerson College
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The Longest Year: One Family's Journey Of Life, Death, And Love/If These Walls Could Talk: Detroit Tigers/If These Walls Could Talk: Detroit Lions
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