Jim Harbaugh on UM: 'What will happen will happen'

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
All indications are that Jim Harbaugh has one game left with the Niners.

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh keeps coming up with new ways to refresh his response to questions about his coaching future, particularly in terms of Michigan.

Harbaugh, a former Michigan quarterback, presumably is coaching his final game with the 49ers on Sunday. Michigan has been without a coach since Brady Hoke was fired Dec. 2, and Harbaugh has long been considered the No. 1 target of interim athletic director Jim Hackett.

Michigan reportedly last week offered Harbaugh a large contract to become its next head coach.

Harbaugh was asked Monday during his news conference if the 49ers have told him Michigan officially made contact and whether he would be interested.

"What will happen will happen, what won't happen won't happen," Harbaugh said. "And I'll let the organization … have the floor or that."

It was pointed out to him that Fox Sports NFL analyst Jay Glazer reported Sunday that the 49ers will "cut ties" with Harbaugh within 24-48 hours after the last game on Dec. 28.

"Well, as you know, I've not participated in any of the speculation, the unnamed sources, the rumors," Harbaugh said Monday. "I would ask you to have Jay Glazer go back and ask his source for more clarification. I haven't participated, and I don't intend to now. This has been a good 12 months of this kind of thing. No reason to start now."

He repeated his "what will happen" comment when asked his sense regarding what likely is his final game with the 49ers. Harbaugh's 51st birthday is Tuesday, and he told reporters that having the best meetings and best practice would be the best gift of all.

Harbaugh even was asked if he's happy, and after discussing how football is not fun when you lose, he spoke about the happiness he gets from his family.

"We know this is the last week of the season, and I'm going to enjoy it," said Harbaugh, whose team was eliminated from the playoffs. "I'm going to enjoy all the players, I'm going to enjoy the coaches, and all the people in the building I love being around. The entire organization. Just everybody, just enjoy it."

Finally, he was asked how hard it has been resisting comment these past 12 months of rumors and speculations regarding his job security and future.

"The high road is the only road I know," Harbaugh said.