With rumors swirling about Harbaugh's future in Ann Arbor, a new possibility briefly emerged Monday morning when the Dolphins, owned by Michigan super donor Stephen M. Ross, fired Brian Flores after a 9-8 season to create another head coaching vacancy.
But Ross, whose donations to Michigan total hundreds of millions of dollars, squashed that scenario during a news conference Monday before the idea had an opportunity to gain much traction.
"I love Jim Harbaugh," Ross said. "Had the opportunity once before to come to the Miami Dolphins. But he's at the University of Michigan as everybody really knows. And I guess that is my school I graduated from and I'm really involved in it, and I'm not going to be the person who takes Jim Harbaugh from the University of Michigan. I hope he stays there. He's a great coach."
"I love Jim Harbaugh. He's at the University of Michigan ... I'm not going to be the person that takes Jim Harbaugh from the University of Michigan."
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The two teams Harbaugh has been most often connected to during this cycle are the Chicago Bears, who fired coach Matt Nagy on Monday, and the Las Vegas Raiders, who won a thrilling game Sunday night to secure a spot in the playoffs.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden resigned during the season, but the team has performed extremely well under interim coach Rich Bisaccia. It's unclear if Bisaccia, who has never been a head coach, will be rewarded for guiding the team to the postseason with a 7-5 record at the helm.
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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Miami Dolphins won't pursue Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh