Multiple people at Michigan and in the Jim Harbaugh camp believe the San Francisco 49ers coach will wind up as the Wolverines' next head coach, as many have reported, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Michigan has been telling its incoming recruits that it plans to have a head coach by the middle of the week, sources added.
But multiple people also insist that Harbaugh has no deal or agreement with Michigan at this time, even though Michigan officials are now in the Bay area, waiting to meet with the man they want to hire as quickly as possible.
Before Harbaugh meets with Michigan, he will meet with 49ers' executives after Sunday's regular-season finale against Arizona, with his fate expected to be decided quickly and with civility. San Francisco still wants to make one last-ditch effort to save the relationship, though nobody believes it will work out.
The Oakland Raiders also are expected to make what one source described as "a concerted effort" to see whether they can keep Harbaugh in the Bay area, and they will use the idea that the team is projected to be about $50 million under the salary cap next season as a drawing card, in addition to a serious offer they are prepared to make.
Other teams such as the Jets and Bears could also make pitches.
The 49ers are 7-8 this season and out of the playoff field after three straight trips to the NFC title game and a Super Bowl appearance.
Harbaugh didn't tell his players he was leaving Saturday night, a source told the San Francisco Chronicle, but he did express his appreciation for their support during the 49ers' tumultuous season.