Jim Harbaugh: headed back to the NFL as Los Angeles Chargers’ new head coach

The decision comes shortly after Harbaugh won the College Football Playoff National Championship with the University of Michigan.

Jim Harbaugh is headed back to the NFL, this time as the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers.

The announcement comes on the heels of an ultra-successful season in which Harbaugh led the University of Michigan to its first national championship since 1997 and after a nine-year stint as the Wolverines’ head coach.

“Jim Harbaugh is football personified, and I can think of no one better to lead the Chargers forward,” Chargers owner and chairman Dean Spanos said in a statement.

“The son of a coach, brother of a coach and father of a coach who himself was coached by names like (Glenn Edward “Bo”) Schembechler and (Mike) Ditka, for the past two decades Jim has led hundreds of men to success everywhere he’s been — as their coach,” the statement read. “And today, Jim Harbaugh returns to the Chargers, this time as our coach. Who has it better than us?

Harbaugh’s final season with Michigan was not without drama — he was suspended for fully half of the regular season in two separate investigations.

The Big 10 conference suspended him for the last three games of the regular season after he was caught in the middle of a sign stealing scandal. He had already sat out the first three games after he accepted the university’s decision to suspend him over accusations that he made false statements to NCAA investigators who were looking into alleged recruiting violations during the coronavirus pandemic.

Harbaugh’s new position confirms swirling rumors that he would take his talents to the NFL once again, after two off-seasons interviewing with the Minnesota Vikings and the Denver Broncos, respectively, the NFL said in a news release.

Harbaugh clinched the head coaching position after two interviews with the Chargers, an NFL news release said.

The Chargers fired their previous head coach and general manager after a brutal 63-21 beating by the Las Vegas Raiders last month.

Harbaugh first met with the team a month later, on Jan. 15, according to The Associated Press, making him the eighth of 15 candidates to meet with Spanos and his family to try their hand at the role.

 

 

Gideon Canice

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