University of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has stated his brief dalliance with the Minnesota Vikings was "a one-time thing", declaring he doesn't plan to seek another NFL head coaching job.
Harbaugh led Michigan, who are 28/1 to win the NCAAF Championship next year, to the Big Ten Championship and College Football Playoff semi-final last season.
But he is still best known for his work in the NFL where he took the San Francisco 49ers to three NFC Championship Games during his head coaching stint between 2011 and 2014 and famously lost Super Bowl XLVII to his brother John's Baltimore Ravens.
Harbaugh interviewed for the vacancy at the top of Minnesota's coaching staff this week, but the Vikings never offered the job and are now likely to appoint Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell following Super Bowl LVI.
Having told the Vikings he was enthusiastic about a return to the NFL, Harbaugh admitted to the Detroit Free Press that the possibility of coaching in another Super Bowl was the big draw about a return t the pros.
"Sure, the Super Bowl is the greatest prize in our sport," Harbaugh told the Free Press' Mitch Albom. "But winning a national championship, that's pretty darn great. Let's do that.
"There was a pull to the NFL because I got that close to the Super Bowl, but this was the time (to try and return.) And this is the last time. Now let's go chase college football's greatest prize."
Michigan have not won a national title in the playoff era, claiming their last one in 1997 when the AP poll awarded them the championship only for the Coaches Poll to disagree and crown Nebraska as well.
Harbaugh added: "I called (Michigan athletic director) Warde (Manuel) and told him, 'Warde, this will not be a reoccurring theme every year. This was a one-time thing."
Returns exclude Bet Credits wager. T&Cs, time limits and exclusions apply