It has become such a regular joke, the annual Harbaugh-to-the-NFL rumors, that many stories are noting that regularity in their opening paragraphs.
This year, it hasn't stopped douchebag deluxe Paul Finebaum and drug abuser Cris Carter from supplying the 2018 edition of such rumors.
There are two things about such rumors. First is the simple fact that it is part of Finbaum's and Carter's respective business models to traffic in such rumors. They get attention; they get 'content' for 72 hours or so; and it is cost-free to them.
The second fact is that while the rumors are never a serious problem for the Michigan football problem, they are a minor concern. Recruits and their families read this stuff; I am sure that in almost all cases, they know better. But Harbaugh is sometimes compelled to respond; it can be a distraction to the program. The constant repetition and annual re-emergence of the same rumors is caustic.
The problem with the completely unserious world in which the Finebaums and Carters exist, is that they never have to answer for these things. They start the rumors, the rumors are denied, Finebaum gets a few more listeners and page-hits, and then next week it is on to something else. And when it comes time for the Finebaum speculation to actually materialize, the previous story is forgotten.
I'd like to see a permanent spreadsheet of all of the false rumors of Harbaugh departing to the NFL. Listing the media figure who is advancing it, his purported sources, the NFL team(s) he expects to sign Harbaugh, and the time at which a contract is expected to be signed. And leave it permanently posted as an MGoBoard sticky. For reference and a reminder when the rumor mongers say almost anything else about Michigan football.
In the alternative, I thought of simply betting Cris Carter $100,000 that Jim Harbaugh would be coaching the University of Michigan football team in 2019. Carter no doubt has the money. He probably got more than that for signing with agent Norby Walters before his senior season which got him declared ineligible for his final season at OSU. Anybody know how to get a message to Carter?