Jim Harbaugh staying at Michigan as Ohio State football and Ryan Day rivalries continue

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh will be back in Ann Arbor this fall looking to extend his winning streak against Ohio State Football to three games.

Michigan President Santa Ono announced Monday that Harbaugh called to let him know he will be the Wolverines’ coach in 2023. Harbaugh, the former Michigan quarterback entering his ninth season as coach, had once again flirted with NFL opportunities, including an alleged interview with the Denver Broncos and other interests.

Harbaugh was also recently named a potential Level I violation, according to a statement of allegations sent to Michigan by the NCAA. That could open him up to a multi-match ban.

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Harbaugh coached the San Francisco 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII and two NFC Championship Game appearances over four seasons. There has long been speculation about a return to the NFL. After last season he had an interview with the Minnesota Vikings but was not offered the job then announced he would stay in Michigan.

The Wolverines repeated as Big Ten champions, winning 45-23 en route at Ohio State and finishing No. 2 for the college football playoffs. That back-to-back success, and apparently his own curiosity in the NFL, once again made Harbaugh fodder for coaching rumors.

Harbaugh became the first Michigan coach to defeat OSU in consecutive seasons since Lloyd Carr in 1999-2000. He and OSU coach Ryan Day have developed a public rivalry in recent years.

After a 42-27 win at Ann Arbor in 2021, Harbaugh said, “Sometimes people standing on third base think they hit a triple — but they didn’t.” Ohio State had their first five encounters against Harbaugh, including Day’s first coaching season in 2019.

Harbaugh later said this was in response to comments Day allegedly made to his team about how OSU Michigan would hang “one hundred.” As The Game’s week rolled around, he called the trash talk “irrelevant.”

With Harbaugh handing over the NFL again, he and Day are free to resume their own rivalry on the field for now as well.

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