Is Jim Harbaugh leaving Michigan to coach Dolphins, not Vikings?

Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh may be leaving for the Miami Dolphins head-coaching vacancy and not the Minnesota Vikings opening.

Jim Harbaugh could be leaving Michigan for an NFL team, but it is not the one you are thinking of.

FanSided’s Mark Carman stirred the pot on Sunday saying Harbaugh plans to tell the Michigan football team either Sunday or Monday that he will be leaving to be the next head coach of the Miami Dolphins. He had a connection with new Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and could have had that job, but Harbaugh prefers Miami. Harbaugh could stay in Ann Arbor if Michigan pays up.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is also a Michigan alum, so this may play a part in Harbaugh leaving his alma mater to go to Miami. Harbaugh would replace Brian Flores as head coach and work alongside Chris Grier as the team’s general manager.

Jim Harbaugh rumors: Michigan head coach could leave for Miami Dolphins

Harbaugh has had reported interest upon an NFL return in the past. He left the San Francisco 49ers after the 2014 season to go lead his alma mater’s team, a job he has held ever since. Though Michigan is coming off its best season in decades, Harbaugh rarely stays anywhere for very long. He could have a ton of interest in coaching Tua Tagovailoa as his starting quarterback.

Miami had interest in former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who opted to take the New York Giants job late last week. The two other supposed finalists for the jobs would be a pair of first-time head coaches in Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel, whose team is still alive in the playoffs.

And that’s where it gets interesting. If the 49ers beat the Los Angeles Rams for a third time this season, that would mean two more weeks before a candidate like McDaniel could conceivably take over. If Harbaugh left Michigan, the Wolverines could look at the likes of Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, Minnesota’s P.J. Fleck, Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell or Matt Rhule of the Carolina Panthers.

If Harbaugh went to Miami, the expectation would be for the team to make the playoffs next year.

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