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Jim Harbaugh shrugs off Vikings and assures he'll stay in Michigan despite interview in Minnesota

For those waiting for former San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh to return to the NFL, that wait will have to be extended at least one more season after a face-to-face interview the former quarterback had with the Minnesota Vikings, for whom he was one of four finalists for the job left vacant by the firing of Mike Zimmer on Jan. 10.

Jim Harbaugh to stay at Michigan

According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, Jim Harbaugh informed the University of Michigan that he will return to coach the Wolverines for the upcoming college football campaign.

"Jim Harbaugh called Michigan to inform the school that, despite interviewing with the Vikings today, he will be returning to school for the 2022 season, sources tell ESPN. Michigan was, in the words of one source, "elated" to get Harbaugh's decision," Schefeter wrote on Twitter.

According to multiple reports, Harbaugh was excited about the opportunity to return with the Vikings to the NFL after an initial interview by Zoom last Monday, to the extent that it was believed that if he had accepted the offer he would have kept the job.

Vikings to keep Kevin O'Connell

In the end, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, the Vikings ended up going with another finalist, current Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell, who ended up winning the job over defensive coordinator, also of the Rams, Raheem Morris and New York Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham.

Morris and Graham have already been informed that they are no longer in the running for the vacancy, but the Vikings cannot finalize the hiring of O'Connell until he is done with the Rams following Super Bowl LVI against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, February 13 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

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