In December 2014, Jim Harbaugh officially left the NFL and signed a contract to become the next coach of the Michigan Wolverines, the team he quarterbacked from 1983 to 1986. Things haven’t gone exactly as planned as Harbaugh has failed to deliver a playoff appearance, let alone a national championship.
It seems as if the writing is on the wall and Sportsbook has released odds on what Harbaugh will be doing next football season. Not Coaching is the +160 favorite among four options, followed by Coaching Michigan at +175, Coaching Another NCAA Team at +175 and NFL Head Coach at +225.
Where Will Jim Harbaugh Coach Next Season?
|Coaching Another NCAA Program
|NFL Head Coach
Odds as of November 19 at Sportsbook
What Will Harbaugh Do Next Season?
In all likelihood, Jim Harbaugh will be out as the Wolverines head coach and will be without a job next football season. The Jim Harbaugh odds favor him to be without a coaching position at +160.
His experience in Michigan has not been great, losing four of five bowl games that the Wolverines have appeared in. His career record at Michigan is 48 wins and 21 losses, including Sportsbook 1-3 this year, which represents the program’s worst start to a season since 1967.
In six years as the head coach, Harbaugh is 3-9 against the school’s two biggest rivals, Michigan State and Ohio State, which is unacceptable for fans of the blue and gold. Another huge problem has been his inability to recruit top talent. In his tenure at Michigan, he has not landed a top-50 quarterback, a failure that has plagued this program.
Will Jim Harbaugh Coach Next Season?
The outside choice is that Harbaugh will return to the NFL to coach, offered at odds of +225. There should be some vacancies at the highest football level next season, with the New York Jets as a possible destination and perhaps by then owning the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Harbaugh clearly had more success in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers from 2011 to 2014 and took them to Super Bowl 47 only to lose to his brother’s Baltimore Ravens. The top choices for Harbaugh could be the Jets, the Los Angeles Chargers with Justin Herbert or the rebuilding Jacksonville Jaguars.
Harbaugh will surely have some choices once he’s officially let go from Michigan, so the question becomes where will he coach next season? Will he be interested in returning to the NFL? There’s a huge difference between recruiting players from high school and signing free agents at the highest level.
In Michigan, he has had full rein over the play-calling and the players on the field. That all changes if he goes back to the NFL, but that might be a change that Harbaugh will need. I can’t see him coaching any other NCAAF program outside of Michigan, so the best choice for him is to head back to the NFL after a poor run with the Wolverines.