The University of Michigan will be represented in the Bay Area this weekend, hoping to be the first in line to speak with Jim Harbaugh following the conclusion of the 49ers' season, according to a report.
#Michigan brass & search firm will be up in the Bay Area this weekend as part of the Jim Harbaugh pursuit, per source.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 27, 2014
Michigan is one of many candidates expected to put in a bid for Harbaugh's services.
General manager Trent Baalke said the University of Michigan followed the proper channels in reaching out to the 49ers about the possibility of hiring coach Jim Harbaugh.
“As long as it’s handled correctly, I think the University of Michigan, in reaching out, did handle it correctly,” Baalke said Monday during his weekly appearance on 95.7 The Game, acknowledging for the first time that Michigan has made official contact in pursuing Harbaugh. Baalke was asked if college programs should be allowed to "tamper" with NFL coaches.
Last week, reports surfaced that Michigan offered Harbaugh a contract of six years worth $48 million or $49 million. The deal would make him the highest-paid coach in all of college football.
Harbaugh has one year remaining on his original five-year, $25 million contract.