Report: Michigan interested in multiple NFL coaches to fill vacancy

0:42 | College Football
Michigan eyeing other NFL coaches
Monday December 22nd, 2014

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.

Report: 49ers will fire coach Jim Harbaugh 24-48 hours after season

Payton has dismissed rumors that he will depart New Orleans, and Garrett appears likely to receive a contract extension from Dallas' owner Jerry Jones.

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.

Report: David Shaw plans to remain coach of Stanford

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



SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.