The Minnesota Vikings reached out to the University of Michigan and received permission to speak to Jim Harbaugh about their open head-coach job, a source told ESPN’s Courtney Cronin.
Harbaugh has emerged as a candidate in part because of a strong relationship with new Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, with whom Harbaugh overlapped while he was head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Adofo-Mensah was in San Francisco’s front office in research and development and worked with Harbaugh in 2013 and 2014.
A source told Cronin that the relationship between Adofo-Mensah and Harbaugh is one of the primary drivers of the franchise’s interest in Harbaugh. 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.