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Warde Manuel Shoots Down Harbaugh Report From Cris Carter: "He Went To The School Down South"

"Consider the source," Manuel said.

December 06, 2018 - 11:42 am
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The annual Jim Harbaugh-to-the-NFL rumors churned back to life on Wednesday when FS1's Cris Carter reported Harbaugh is in the mix for the head coaching vacancies in Cleveland and Green Bay

"I got good sources telling me," Carter said. 

In an appearance Thursday on WTKA-AM (1050), Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said Carter's comments shouldn't be taken seriously -- he's a former Buckeye, after all. 

"I would say consider the source of the comment. Cris is very accomplished in his life, but he went to the school down south," Manuel said. "(People) tend to throw out things like that -- 'Sources say, my sources.' Listen, I haven't missed any sleep. Jim has not said anything to me about it. He's on the road recruiting, putting in great effort. From my perspective, it has no validity at all." 

Carter, who played at Ohio State from 1984-86 before a Hall of Fame career in the NFL, said Harbaugh is a candidate for the Packers job after the team fired head coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday. He added the Browns to the conversation as well. 

"I’m just going to tell you guys a name. Watch out for Jim Harbaugh, because Jim Harbaugh potentially is trying to get his way out of Michigan. I got good sources that are telling me, not only Green Bay, but also watch out for the Cleveland Browns. He likes the quarterback situation there. And I believe that there are front office people in Green Bay who are enamored with Jim Harbaugh and potentially trying to get him to come to Green Bay," Carter said.

If so, Manuel said the interest isn't mutual.

"There have been zero conversations about it. I believe Jim is very happy here," Manuel said. "He is working to continue to bring in great recruits here, preparing to go down to the bowl game at the Peach Bowl and play a very good Florida team. I've spoken to him on several occasions in the past week, his focus has only been on the University of Michigan and making us better.

"I don't give any credence to those comments." 

Harbaugh is under contract with Michigan through the 2021 season.