ANN ARBOR – The last several days have urged Jim Harbaugh and his boss to float speculation that Michigan football coach could leave for NFL.
On Thursday, Michigan told athletic director Warde Manuel that there was "no validity" For comments from FS1 commentator and former Pro Bowler Cris Carter who Harbaugh wanted from Michigan and may be in operation for the Green Bay Packers job.
Then over the weekend, Harbaugh spoke of the record of ESPN's Adam Schefter about his future – saying he has no plans to leave Michigan, and seems to indicate that these speculative comments were planted.
Manuel raised his views again on Sunday evening during a Peach Bowl news conference at Crisler Center, praising Harbaugh for the job he's done in Ann Arbor. In four seasons as head coaches, Harbaugh's Michigan team is 38-1
Harbaugh also has a 44 -19-1 overall record in the NFL, where he coached the San Francisco 49ers for four seasons from 2011 to 2014 and took the franchise to a Super Bowl and three NFC championship games.
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"Jim is one of the greatest coaches, college or pro," Manuel told reporters. "I think it's his credit – to his credit – that his name is constantly showing up. As I said earlier, when we consider bringing along athletes here we want the best. And we have the best coach.  "I just hope people understand, especially our recruits and people who are swept, to let people out these rumors, which this man deserves of his ability to train."
In their comments to ESPN on Sunday, Harbaugh Schefter told – an Ann Arbor native and the network's best NFL reporter – the annual speculation about his future is made by people who want to "further develop their own personal agenda."
Harbaugh's accusation comes less than 24 hours after Michigan lost recruiting Daxton Hill, a five-star security committed to Wolverines in September. On Saturday night, Hill announced that he had turned his involvement from Michigan to Alabama.
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"Let's go back every year," Manuel says. "As soon as there is an opening, suddenly because his name is mentioned, he will not be here. As I said, he and I have a good relationship – and we've talked about this since the first full year."
" I fully believe Jim and the person he is and the leader that he is of this age. I'm so glad he's our coach and I'm looking forward to him coaching – as I've told him before – until he retires and finishes his career here. "
Harbaugh did not seem to want to elaborate his comments on ESPN late Sunday. Previously, he wrote speculators as" jive turkeys "or referred to his name in reports as" heated oatmeal. "
Asked why he chose to debunch the speech now, Harbaugh replied: "To make a statement. To be on record and not be asked further after that by people who like to do and ask questions. "