Students at the University of Michigan have reserved a parking slot for San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh as a clamor for him to be their next head football coach. Harbaugh, whose 49ers are currently 7-7 and out of postseason contention, is a Michigan alumnus. The university fired former head football coach Brady Hoke on Dec. 2.
University of Michigan students have reserved a parking slot for Jim Harbaugh.
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According to CBS Detroit's Evan Jenkins, the students did this in anticipation of Harbaugh's potential candidacy for their Michigan Wolverines' head footbal coaching position. Harbaugh himself is a Michigan alumnus. He is currently coaching the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, who were eliminated from postsesaon contention following a 17-7 loss to their NFC West rivals and defending Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The loss dropped San Francisco's record to 7-7 overall.
Jenkins stresses the parking slot used to belong to former Wolverines head football coach Brady Hoke, who was fired on Dec. 2. The students took out a legal pad and scribbled Harbaugh's name on it before taping it onto the portion of the parking slot board which has Hoke's name.
After the loss to the Seahawks, Harbaugh told The San Jose Mercury News' (via The Detroit Free Press) Steve Corkran he's "always available to talk to the owner (Jed York) and general manager (Trent Baalke) about ihs future with the 49ers. Corkran stresses Harbaugh has no plans to do that on his own just yet, but is open to the possibility of sitting down with his bosses for a talk.
Harbaugh, who has one year left on his five-year deal with the 49ers, told Corkran he's focused more on the season rather than his immediate future with the team. He said,"Everybody's been head down, everybody's been focused on the season. Players, coaches, front office. That's been our approach. That's where we've been, what we've been doing."
Aside from the University of Michigan, the Miami Dolphins are also said to be intereseted in Harbaugh.
Should the Dolphins fail to qualify for the postseason and Harbaugh somehow becomes available, Miami could possibly target him as a coaching candidate, per Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald.
Salguero says Dolphins owner Stephen Ross believes the team's head coaching position -- currently filled by Joe Philbin -- is more attractive to any coaching prospect that it was three years ago. The Miami owner stresses the team is no longer in full rebuliding mode but it just a player or two away from becoming a bona fide Super Bowl contender. Ross tried to lure Harbaugh to Miami in 2011, but the former wound up in San Francisco instead.
There have been hints of regret on Ross' part not to lock up Harbaugh to a coaching deal, per Salguero. Both Ross and Harbaugh are Michigan alumni, a tie which could potentially strengthen Harbaugh's candidacy with the Dolphins.
However, The Miami Herald says there are several obstacles in the way. Among these are Harbaugh's wife's reported hesitancy to live in the East Coast. The 49ers' Bay Area rivals, the Oakland Raiders, are also said to be highly interested in Harbaugh's services and are willing to tender a lucrative offer his way.
Harbaugh has amassed a 43-18-1 (.705) record with the San Francisco 49ers through Dec. 15, per Sports-Reference.com.
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