In addition to their highly publicized overtures to San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, the University of Michigan has developed interest in a number of current NFL coaches to fill the school's vacant head coach position, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
Despite Michigan's interest, the 49ers' Harbaugh appears likely to remain in the NFL's coaching ranks. Sources told La Canfora that the Wolverines' search includes the Saints' Sean Payton, Buffalo's Doug Marrone, and the Cowboys' Jason Garrett.
Michigan was also interested in Jim's brother, John, the current head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. However, La Canfora writes, the latter Harbaugh made clear his desire to remain in Baltimore.
Jim Harbaugh briefly accepted the coaching job at Michigan in 2011, when he was getting ready to leave the head coach position at Stanford he held for four years. However, he declined the position shortly after accepting it.
A number of reports have said that Michigan is offering $48 million over six years, which would be college football's richest contract for a coach. According to La Canfora, however, Harbaugh's demand for $8 million or more a year in his next position is one that several NFL teams are ready to meet.
Jack Harbaugh, Jim and John's father, coached at Michigan from 1973 to 1979, and Harbaugh himself played for the Wolverines under coach Bo Schembechler from 1982-1986.
- Christopher Woody