Family isn't trying to sway Jim Harbaugh, John says

The Detroit News
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John Harbaugh says reports that family members are trying to convince Jim Harbaugh to take the Michigan coaching job are "absolutely incorrect."

John Harbaugh, the Ravens' coach, made his comments in a teleconference with Cleveland media on Wednesday. They were reported by Pro Football Talk and many other outlets. The Ravens host the Browns on Sunday.

Late last week, ESPN's Adam Schefter, attributing his information to sources, reported that Harbaugh's family and friends want him to take the Michigan job but that he is torn because his "heart is in the NFL."

"My dad and I both . . . I will say this: The report that said that his family is encouraging him to go to Michigan by Adam Schefter is absolutely incorrect," John Harbaugh said Wednesday. "There has been no family that I know of that has given him any advice at all because that's a personal decision. It's his to make, and that's just absolutely false. I don't know where that came from, but it didn't come from the Harbaughs. My dad and I both said, 'Hey, don't tell us.' If something gets out, we don't want the finger pointed at us. Just leave us out of it, and don't tell us what you're going to do. I think he's just trying to figure out what the next thing is for him, and more than anything, trying to have a great game on Sunday."

Jack Harbaugh, the coaches' father, was an assistant coach at Michigan under Bo Schembechler.

"I'm just proud of him," John added of Jim. "I think he's handled this. He's been a giant through all of this uncalled-for type of media onslaught sometimes that takes place. Not anybody's fault, just the nature of the business. I think he's handled it just perfectly."

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