Reports: Jim Harbaugh departs Michigan for Los Angeles Chargers after 9 seasons

Jim Harbaugh

Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh is joining the Los Angeles Chargers as their new head coach, according to multiple reports.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Harbaugh was in Los Angeles for a second interview on Tuesday, and “he’s not expected to leave” to head back to Michigan.

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The former San Francisco 49ers head coach returns to the NFL after a decade-long absence. Instead, he spent that time coaching his alma mater.

According to Pete Thamel of ESPN, Wolverines offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore is “the favorite” to succeed Harbaugh as head coach. Moore served as interim head coach for six games while Harbaugh was suspended for two separate instances this season.

Harbaugh coached Michigan for nine seasons, taking the Wolverines to the top of the college football world and winning the 2023 College Football Playoff National Championship.

Harbaugh took over at Michigan after Brady Hoke prior to the 2015 season. He compiled an 89-25 record, including a 3-5 record against Ohio State in ‘The Game.’

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Harbaugh earned his first win over the Buckeyes in 42-27 fashion during the 2021 season. The Wolverines made their first CFP appearance shortly after winning the Big Ten Conference Championship.

Michigan repeated as Big Ten champions in each of the past three years.

During his first stint in the NFL with the 49ers, Harbaugh went 44-19 and took San Francisco to the Super Bowl in 2012.

Harbaugh’s departure makes three CFP teams to lose their head coaches this offseason, as Nick Saban retired at Alabama and Kalen DeBoer left Washington to take the opening with the Crimson Tide.