UM’s Harbaugh says NFL rumors ‘disrespectful’ to game

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who is in the midst of his first season coaching his alma mater, was asked Tuesday if it bothers him his name has been mentioned in connection with potential NFL openings.

“I’ll answer it this way, I won’t comment on it,” Harbaugh said during the Big Ten conference call. “It’s disrespectful to the game. I look at it as disrespectful.”

Harbaugh spent the previous four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, including a Super Bowl appearance, before taking the job at Michigan.

The Harbaugh-to-the-NFL conversation began last month when an ESPN Radio personality predicted Harbaugh will coach the Indianapolis Colts next season.