Footballscoop.com -- a website that reports extensively on college coaches -- reported Tuesday morning that "multiple sources" said Harbaugh already has told Michigan that he is not a candidate.
That shouldn't surprise anyone, not even the most ardent Wolverines supporter: Harbaugh is a successful NFL coach, and why would a successful NFL coach leave for a college job -- even if that job is at his alma mater? Arizona Cardinals linebacker Larry Foote, a former All-American at Michigan, said last month that Harbaugh wasn't leaving for the Wolverines' job.
Footballscoop.com also reported that Tennessee coach Butch Jones, a Michigan native who had great success as Central Michigan's coach in the mid-2000s, will not be a candidate and that a source said "Michigan is struggling to find their next head coach."
It will be interesting to see how interim Michigan athletic director Jim Hackett, a former Michigan football player whose main business background was as the CEO of a large office-furniture manufacturer, handles a search. He has no experience as a college athletics administrator, and said during Tuesday's press conference he will hire a search firm to help with the process.