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Former San Francisco 49ers coach returns to the NFL

Jan 24, 2024, 4:17 PM

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines smiles during the Michigan Wolverines football N...

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN - JANUARY 13: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines smiles during the Michigan Wolverines football National Championship celebration on January 13, 2024 at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

(Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

Jim Harbaugh is leaving college on a high note to return to the NFL.

According to reports, Harbaugh is leaving Michigan to become the next coach for the Los Angeles Chargers. The former San Francisco 49ers coach left the NFL in 2015 to return to coaching at the college level.

The Chargers have not yet announced the news. Los Angeles fired coach Brandon Staley in mid-December after being blown out 63-21 by the Las Vegas Chargers.

In his four years with the 49ers, he took San Francisco to three straight NFC Championships and faced his brother John in Super Bowl XLVII. He never had a losing season with the 49ers.

San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks also interviewed for the position.

Jim Harbaugh began his coaching career in 2006 with the University of San Diego. He also briefly spent time at Stanford. Along with helping deliver Michigan its first nation title since 1997, he recorded a 144-42 collegiate record.

Four teams — Seattle Seahawks, Washington Commanders, Atlanta Falcons, and Carolina Panthers — remain with head coaching openings.

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