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More Details Emerge From Jim Harbaugh Vikings Interview

Devon Platana
New details have emerged from Jim Harbaugh's interview with the Minnesota Vikings.
New details have emerged from Jim Harbaugh's interview with the Minnesota Vikings. / Michael Reaves/GettyImages

Before Kevin O'Connell's hiring as the Minnesota Vikings head coach was announced earlier this week, it was looking like Michigan Wolverines HC Jim Harbaugh was the favorite to land the job. When Harbaugh didn't get the position, fans began to wonder what went wrong in the interview process.

The Detroit Free Press published an interview with Harbaugh on Friday that explains what happened. While the 58-year-old was impressed with the Vikings organization, he ultimately didn't find that they were as enthusiastic about him coaching Minnesota as he was.

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In the interview, Harbaugh stated that winning a Super Bowl was one thing that drew him back to the NFL. He came close to a championship when he led the San Francisco 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII, however, he ultimately lost to his brother, John, and the Baltimore Ravens, 34-31.

According to Harbaugh, the Vikings didn't bother offering him the head coaching job. He promptly called Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel to tell him that he's committed to the Wolverines and likely won't pursue an NFL job again.

"There was a pull to the NFL because I got that close to the Super Bowl, but this was the time (to try and return.) And this is the last time. Now let’s go chase college football’s greatest prize."

Jim Harbaugh

Harbaugh led the Wolverines to a 12-2 record during the 2021 NCAA college football season. One of the highlights of the campaign was when Michigan dominated Iowa State, 42-3, to win the Big Ten Championship.

Unfortunately, the Wolverines ended up getting eliminated by the Georgia Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff semifinals. Considering how close Harbaugh was to a National Championship, it makes sense that he wants to settle his unfinished business in Michigan.

Even though Harbaugh has squashed the idea of coaching in the NFL again, it's important to remember that you can never say never in sports.

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