John Harbaugh said he and his family stand behind embattled Michigan coach Brady Hoke
By By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun|
Sep 29, 2014 | 5:20 PM
Coach Harbaugh was asked why his name is mentioned in connection with the University of Michigan job. "I don't really know why," said Harbaugh. [Michigan head coach] "Brady Hoke is a guy we all believe in." (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
When asked Monday about him and his brother being linked to the University of Michigan football job, Ravens coach John Harbaugh expressed support for his friend Brady Hoke, the embattled Wolverines coach .
Although Harbaugh didn't address his level of interest, if any, in the Michigan position, a source with knowledge of the situation said that the Super Bowl-winning coach has no plans to pursue the job and is content coaching the Ravens.
"I really don't know why," John Harbaugh said of the Michigan speculation surrounding him and his brother, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh,. "Brady Hoke is a guy that we all believe in. The Harbaughs believe in Brady Hoke. He's a great coach. He believes in Michigan. I believe in what they're doing there. I think they're going to get it turned around.
"The team should be galvanized right now. I expect them to come out as wounded lions and go to work because they love Brady. I'm interested in Brady Hoke being the coach at Michigan for a long time coming."
Hoke's status has become a major topic of debate following a 2-3 start, with a loss to Minnesota on Saturday sparking more talk about the Harbaugh brothers as potential replacements.
John Harbaugh and Hoke coached together at Western Michigan. Harbaugh is 65-35 overall and 9-4 in the postseason with the Ravens (3-1 this season).
He's under contract through the 2017 season with a deal that makes him one of the highest-paid coaches in the NFL with an annual average of $6.5 million.
John Harbaugh graduated from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Mich., where his brother, Jim, starred at quarterback for the Wolverines and their father, Jack, was a former assistant coach under legenderary former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler.