U-M’s McCarthy will state NFL decision Sunday
Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff WriterJan 13, 2024, 09:15 PM ET
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ANN ARBOR, Mich.– As Michigan celebrated its national championship win against Washington inside Crisler Center on Saturday night, fans in the packed arena waited for choices from quarterback J.J. McCarthy and coach Jim Harbaugh about whether either would return for the 2024 season.McCarthy required to the microphone to speak as fans shouted, “One more year, “as he smiled and acknowledged their assistance over the past 3 years.McCarthy told ESPN that he prepares to announce his decision Sunday morning. As a junior, McCarthy is draft eligible, and the due date to declare is Monday.”No matter what choice comes of this, Michigan will forever be in my heart,”McCarthy said at the event.”And I will be proud to be referred to as a Michigan male. “McCarthy and the Wolverines ended up a 15-0 season, capped off by
a 3rd consecutive win versus Ohio State, a third Big Ten title and a championship game after beating Washington 34-13. He is 27-1 in his Michigan career and was Mel Kiper Jr.’s fifth-ranked quarterback in his NFL draft rankings.Fans wishing to hear a choice from McCarthy at the event were also trying to encourage Harbaugh to return, shouting,”10 more years,” before the coach took the microphone.His future stays in doubt as NFL teams have supposedly revealed interest and he has yet to sign a new contract with Michigan. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Harbaugh has actually employed long time agent Don Yee, and as the NFL routine season has finished, Harbaugh will be able to meet NFL groups to discuss openings.Editor’s Picks 2 Related Athletic director Warde Manuel stood on phase and dealt with the fans, stating he would respond to the question he had been asked numerous times during the parade earlier in the day.
” I’m working on getting this man a new contract,”Manuel stated while indicating Harbaugh.While the fans shouted, Harbaugh acknowledged the screams and put his hand on his chest, however he did not deal with whether he would return to Ann Arbor next season. Harbaugh instead priced quote Shakespeare and complimented his players on staying cohesive through the season despite distractions from NCAA investigations.Manuel likewise alluded to the truth that Michigan dealt with critics and diversions, referring to the examination into Michigan’s alleged indication stealing, but stated the team was unwavering in its focus.” Some groups attempted to utilize wicked methods to get at us,” Manuel said.
“However it didn’t settle. We didn’t take the bait.”While neither McCarthy nor Harbaugh announced a decision on their future, both reviewed the past year and what the Wolverines achieved as a group.
Harbaugh lauded the players for their perseverance and told them that they would be forever kept in mind as champs.” Nothing fancy,”
Harbaugh said. “Just great, old-fashioned effort and team effort.”