Take one of the primary candidates for the Broncos’ head coaching job off the board.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh intends to remain at the school rather than entertaining job possibilities in the NFL, according to the university’s president.
“I just got off the phone with Coach Harbaugh and Jim shared with me the great news that he is going to remain as the Head Coach of the Michigan Wolverines,” UM president Santa Ono said in a statement released via Twitter on Monday afternoon. “That is fantastic news that I have communicated to our Athletic Director Warde Manuel.”
Denver conducted a virtual interview with Harbaugh, who recently completed his eighth season at his alma mater, a week ago and he was seen as a strong candidate due to the fact that he’s won at a high level both in college and in the NFL. Instead of returning to the pro game, however, he’ll chase a national championship with the Wolverines.
“I love the relationships I have at Michigan — coaches, staff, families, administration, President Santa Ono and especially the players and their families,” Harbaugh said in a statement. “My heart is at the University of Michigan. I once heard a wise man say, ‘Don’t try to out-happy, happy.’”
Denver has seven other known candidates in contention: Former New Orleans head coach Sean Payton, former Indianapolis and Detroit head coach Jim Caldwell, former Stanford head coach David Shaw and current defensive coordinators Ejiro Evero (Denver), Dan Quinn (Dallas), DeMeco Ryans (San Francisco) and Raheem Morris (Los Angeles Rams).
The Broncos are set to interview Payton and Morris on Tuesday in Los Angeles, Ryans on Thursday and Quinn on Friday, according to league sources.
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