Harbaugh Puts Off Addressing U-M Reports

Jim Harbaugh said he had "the time of his life" with the 49ers. What's next?

Jim Harbaugh's exit stage left from San Francisco came as no surprise this afternoon. For the past 24 hours multiple sources have been indicating he will fill the coaching vacancy at the University of Michigan.

“This has been the time of my life,” Harbaugh said after the 49ers 20-17 over Arizona Cardinals. “The song, I’ve had the time of my life. I did, I really did. I had a lot of fun.

“It’s the relationships that were made along the way – that what a team is. I appreciate the fans, the people of bay area, the 49er faithful. All the good times we had together. The relationship we’ve had. I think it’s been really good, fantastic. Players, coaches, staff, friends for life.”

During his four years in San Francisco, Harbaugh compiled a 49-22-1 record. He led the 49ers to the three straight NFC championship games and advanced to Super Bowl XLVII.

Earlier this month it had been reported he was offered a six-year $49 million contract to coach Michigan. The terms of the deal haven't been confirmed, but multiple sources have indicated he has given verbal acceprtance. He is expected offer Michigan formal/public acceptanc in the next 24-36 hours.

However, in today’s post-game press conference Harbaugh declined addressing his supposed plan to take over in Ann Arbor.

“There will announcements made concerning those things,” Harbaugh said.

A somber Harbough continued to talk about his time as San Francisco’s coach, as he continued to thank the organization for his time with the team.

“We work at the pleasure of the organization,” Harbaugh said. “It’s been a tremendous four years. It’s been a pleasure to work and serve for this organization. For these players. For this football team. I feel great about what I’ve been able to accomplish. I feel great about the friendships that were made. The “relationships that were made. That’s what a team is – a set of relationships. I feel good.

“I felt we accomplished great things, tremendous football. And so many people to thank for that. So many people who worked so hard to construct where this football team is. I feel great to be part of it. It’s been a signature year in my life. I have much gratitude for everyone involved.”

Many thought Harbaugh would never leave the NFL because of the allure to win a Super Bowl. Harbaugh didn’t fret when asked if he was going to miss coaching in the professional ranks.

“The NFL going somewhere?” Harbaugh said.

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