Jim Harbaugh Tells Michigan That NFL Rumors Are 'Lies Made Up by Our Enemies'

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistDecember 14, 2016

IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 12:  Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines before the match-up against the Iowa Hawkeyes on November 12, 2016 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.  (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
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University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh made it clear he doesn't plan on leaving his alma mater for the Los Angeles Rams job during a meeting with players on Monday, per Dan Murphy of ESPN.com. 

Harbaugh said any rumors to the contrary are "lies made up by our enemies," per Murphy.

Defensive lineman Ryan Glasgow commented on Harbaugh's message during the team's annual banquet on Tuesday, per Murphy: "The team got all riled up. We don't want any enemies infiltrating the fortress. We knew. Based on how much Coach Harbaugh loves the program and loves Michigan, you know he's not leaving anytime soon, if ever."

Tight end Jake Butt echoed similar sentiments, per Murphy: "It's ridiculous. … I don't know if it's a recruiting pitch from other schools or whatever is going on. I can't even take it seriously."

The possibility of Harbaugh returning to the NFC West has circulated since the Rams announced they fired head coach Jeff Fisher on Monday.

While Michigan's players and Harbaugh himself were adamant he will remain with the school, speculating whether the coach could return to the NFL is not unfounded based on his past success at the highest level of the game.

He went 44-19-1 with the San Francisco 49ers from 2011 to 2014 and won an NFC championship during his tenure. He had success with quarterbacks Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick and was one victory away from winning a Super Bowl during the 2012 season.

Albert Breer of The MMQB described Harbaugh as a perfect fit for the Rams and pointed to the coach's tendency to stress fundamentals and discipline as well as his history with quarterbacks and California ties from his time in San Francisco. However, Breer clarified that there wasn't any indication Harbaugh would leave Michigan.

What's more, Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman cited a source close to Harbaugh on Tuesday who said the coach wasn't leaving the Wolverines.

Assuming Harbaugh does stay put, he is positioned for future success. He is already 20-5 in his two seasons at the helm and just missed the College Football Playoff following a double-overtime loss to archrival Ohio State. Instead, Harbaugh and No. 6 Michigan will play Florida State in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30.

Scout ranks Harbaugh's 2017 recruiting class as the No. 6 group in the country, as of Tuesday, so the Wolverines have reinforcements on the way.

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