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The Los Angeles Chargers have reportedly hired Jim Harbaugh as the team's next head coach. Photo via X/ESPN
The Los Angeles Chargers have reportedly hired Jim Harbaugh as the team's next head coach. Photo via X/ESPN
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Report: Chargers hire Jim Harbaugh as new head coach

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Chargers, who finished the 2023 season with a dismal 5-12 record, were poised today to hire Jim Harbaugh away from the University of Michigan to become the team’s next head coach.

Following his national championship season with the Wolverines, ESPN reported on Wednesday afternoon that the team had reached an agreement with Harbaugh.

There was no immediate confirmation from the Chargers. However, as news reports about Harbaugh began spreading, the team posted a short video on social media Wednesday afternoon showing a metal chimney emanating white smoke, a reference to the signal issued by the Vatican when a new pope is chosen.

Harbaugh has coached Michigan — his alma mater — since 2015. He was head coach of the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-14 and was a quarterbacks coach with the Oakland Raiders in 2002-03. Between those gigs, he was head coach at the University of San Diego and at Stanford.

His championship season with Michigan was marred by a pair of three-game suspensions that Harbaugh served. The first was a self-imposed suspension at the beginning of the season for alleged recruiting violations, while the second came at the end of the season due to a Big Ten sign-stealing probe.

If confirmed, Harbaugh will replace Brandon Staley, who was fired in mid-December as the Chargers season continued to unravel. General Manager Tom Telesco was also fired.

Staley was hired by the Chargers in 2021, accumulating a record of 24- 24 in that time. Telesco has been the general manager since 2013.

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