I know many of you are tired of these threads. I agree with you that the most important thing is that Harbaugh is in Ann Arbor as the future coach. But I am not at "don't care what NFL guys say" level, not yet. It matters that they're making asses of themselves, and it bears further comment and ridicule. This is prime material for a Brian/Seth/Ace/BISB takedown, and I hope they have a proper article planned during the offseason (I realize Brian has been lighting them on fire throughout the search, but a dedicated, consolidated piece would be read-worthy).
John Clayton just said on Sportscenter that Jim Harbaugh is at Michigan because he "played his hand last week", insinuating he played it too early. Recognizing that NFL teams couldn't talk to him due to tampering, but the now infamous "you can do these things through back channels". So apparently tampering is not a thing, it's fine and normal if done through back channels. The Jets said no, and the Dolphins said no. And then "he didn't really get a chance to talk to the Raiders", took the Michigan job because it was the only option he had, and will "work on that", then go back to the NFL.
Obvious logical flaw: the Jets and Dolphins were able to engage in backchannel tampering, but the Raiders did not? What about the Bears or Falcons? Did they obey the tampering rules like the Raiders, or did they also not want a coach with the fifth best NFL winning percentage of all time, like the Jets and Dolphins? Because the suck level of these teams would suggest otherwise.
Contradiction with guy in cubicle next to him: "Though Jim Harbaugh is expected to land at Michigan, NFL teams such as the Bears, Jets, Raiders continue making overtures to change his mind." - Adam Schefter. ESPN is reporting both of these things simultaneously, as if they are both correct.
This is careless and thoughtless reporting, and it defies common sense. That, or they are for some reason telling a story to "cover" the NFL for losing one of its top coaches. In that case they are just flat out lying.