When reports came out that Marc Trestman would be fired at the end of the 2014 season, one name immediately surfaced as a potential replacement: embattled San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh.
The fans supported the idea almost without exception, and apparently the Bears executives were also interested.
But on Sunday, that possibility died down.
Jim Harbaugh will be leaving the NFL to join the Michigan Wolverines.
Harbaugh was often touted as the dream hire for Michigan, due to his connections with the school and his success at every single coaching spot. In 2013, Harbaugh said Ann Arbor was his "favorite place to live," and his family and friends had reportedly been encouraging him to take the Michigan job. The Michigan community was also in support of hiring Harbaugh, as prominent names all spoke out in favor of the move.
That's one high-profile name we can scratch off the list.