Jim Harbaugh says he’s staying at Michigan, not returning to NFL

"We have big plans here, and there's a lot we want to accomplish."

Jim Harbaugh
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh stands on the field before the team's game against Notre Dame. –AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh insisted he is staying at Michigan to coach, responding to speculation he is returning to the NFL.

The former San Francisco 49ers coach told ESPN he is not going anywhere .

“This is a choreographed message that comes up at this time every year before signing day,” Harbaugh told ESPN. “It’s people spreading messages to further their own personal agenda. But I’m on record right here, right now: I’m not going anywhere. I’m staying at Michigan. We have big plans here, and there’s a lot we want to accomplish.”

Former Ohio State star receiver and Fox Sports analyst Cris Carter has said Harbaugh is a potential candidate to lead the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns.

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Harbaugh and the eighth-ranked Wolverines were celebrated Sunday at a banquet. He was scheduled to have a news conference following the event.

Michigan won 10 games this season for the third time under Harbaugh but dropped to 0-4 against the rival Buckeyes and fell out of the Big Ten and national championship races. The Wolverines face No. 10 Florida on Dec. 29 in the Peach Bowl.

Harbaugh, who is 38-13 at Michigan, is in the fourth year of a seven-year contract with a compensation package that gives him more than $7 million per year. He returned nearly four years ago to the school where he was a star quarterback after going 44-19-1 with the 49ers, winning the 2012 NFC championship.