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Report: Mutual interest between Bears, Jim Harbaugh

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Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh stands on the sideline during the NCAA football game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021.Ohio State Buckeyes At Michigan Wolverines
Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh stands on the sideline during the NCAA football game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021.Ohio State Buckeyes At Michigan Wolverines

A coaching change appears imminent in Chicago, and the Bears reportedly have strong interest in interviewing Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh.

According to The Athletic, that interest is mutual.

Matt Nagy reportedly will coach his final game as head coach of the team on Sunday, and NBC Chicago said Harbaugh is at the top of the list of potential replacements.

Multiple outlets reported the Bears attempted to engage Harbaugh when Nagy, then offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs, was hired by general manager Ryan Pace and approved by the team’s ownership before the 2018 season.

Nagy has a 34-30 overall record with two playoff appearances — both losses — entering Sunday’s finale.

Longtime college football writer Bruce Feldman told the “Rich Eisen Show” that Harbaugh has “really positive feelings” toward the organization, but rated the expected opening with the Las Vegas Raiders as the best fit for the Wolverines’ head coach.

Harbaugh played quarterback for the Bears from 1987-93.

Harbaugh, 58, took a pay cut prior to the 2021 season and led Michigan to the College Football Playoff as Big Ten champions. But he has NFL coaching experience, including a Super Bowl appearance with the San Francisco 49ers.

He was 44-19-1 with the 49ers from 2011-14.

–Field Level Media