The Minnesota Vikings head coaching search took another turn on Saturday night as Jim Harbaugh has entered the conversation.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Minnesota Vikings have requested and interviewed the Michigan head coach:
According to ESPN’s Pete Thamel, the relationship between newly hired Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and Harbaugh’s relationship that dates back to both their time in San Francisco is the driving force for the Vikings’ interest in Harbaugh.
Harbaugh is coming off a rejuvenating season at Michigan after going 2-4 in 2020. Last season, Michigan went 11-2, won the Big Ten title after authoritatively beating nemesis Ohio State and earned a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Harbaugh took a pay cut after the 2-4 season, as his base salary decreased from $8 million annually to $4 million. Michigan has yet to formalize any type of new agreement with Harbaugh after the rebound in 2021.
Harbaugh spent four years as the head coach of the 49ers. He went 44-19-1 and holds the fifth-best winning percentage in NFL history, ahead of any active coach in the league. Harbaugh got fired after going 8-8 in 2014.