The difficult separation of head coach Jim Harbaugh from the San Francisco 49ers was finally completed with a 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, ESPN reports. Harbaugh and the 49ers front office have suffered a strained relationship since the failure of the team to capitalize on a 7-4 start to the season, the head coaching job at Michigan is reportedly already attracting Harbaugh back to the college football landscape.
Under Harbaugh the 49ers were an impressive 44-19-1 in their four years under the coach, with Harbaugh achieving a .760 win percentage under the head coach. Harbaugh announced his leaving of the NFL franchise in his post game press conference, which came before any official announcement was heard from the 49ers, at least that’s what Tom Rothman reported to The Wrap.
Officials from Michigan have been circling around Harbaugh since it was announced contract talks between the team and coach had stalled. Harbaugh attended Ann Arbor as a student and is expected to make the move back to college football, where he led Stanford to an impressive record in his last college coaching position.