When Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers parted ways following the 2014 NFL season, the 49ers insisted that the decision was a mutual one. However, Harbaugh recently appeared on a podcast with Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News and said the split was not as mutual as San Francisco is claiming.
“I was told I wouldn’t be the coach anymore,” Harbaugh said. “And then… you can call it ‘mutual’. I mean, I wasn’t going to put the 49ers in the position to have a coach that they didn’t want anymore. But that’s the truth of it. I didn’t leave the 49ers. I felt like the 49er hierarchy left me.”
Harbaugh also went on to say in the interview that he was informed of the decision to let him go following the Week 15 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. This of course meant he could have left the team right then, but it was important to him to stay with his team until the season was complete.
“I wanted to finish what I started — what we started,” Harbaugh said. “And I have great fond memories of it.”
Even before Harbaugh was officially let go by San Francisco, the rumors were already going around about which NFL team would swoop him up. In the interview with Kawakami, Harbaugh said that none of those rumors were ever true and his mind was made up immediately.
“I really didn’t look at any other situation,” Harbaugh said. “I didn’t do a pros and cons list or anything. It was just a decision I made from the heart and that was it. I was going to go to Michigan.”
University of Michigan fans are already excited about Harbaugh taking over at Michigan, but they have to be even more delighted that the decision was easy for him. This excitement will continue to build until the Wolverines open up the 2015 season against the University of Utah. Since being hired, Harbaugh has been winning off the field, but when the Wolverines face off against the Utes, it will be time to start winning on the field too.