Jim Harbaugh wants it to be clear: He's not bolting Ann Arbor for the NFL.
The Michigan head coach plainly said Tuesday that he's not even considering leaving the Wolverines for an NFL job.
Harbaugh raised more than a few eyebrows earlier Tuesday night, telling his team that recent rumors connecting him to the vacant head-coaching job with the Los Angeles Rams are "lies made up by our enemies."
As paranoid as that sounds, Harbaugh stuck with the line at Michigan's team awards ceremony, doubling down with another head-scratcher, suggesting the NFL rumors are the work of college coaches recruiting against him and his program — coaches he refers to as "jive turkeys."
"A lot of this talk is coming from our enemies," Harbaugh said, his quotes published by mlive.com. "From coaches who, and you know the names. You probably know the names of the top three that I'm referring to. They like to say (I'm leaving) to the media, they like to tell that to recruits and their families to try to manipulate them into going into another school besides Michigan.
"But we know them as jive turkeys."
Negative recruiting was a subject broached earlier this year, when Penn State head coach James Franklin seemed to accuse coaches in the conference of using the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal to convince recruits not to go to Penn State. Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Michigan State's Mark Dantonio both denied such practices when asked about Franklin's comments at Big Ten media days in July.
So who are the three "jive turkeys" Harbaugh is referring to? Guess away.