San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke confirmed that Michigan has contacted the organization about the possibility of hiring Jim Harbaugh.
"I think the University of Michigan, in reaching out, did handle it correctly," Baalke told 95.7 The Game, a San Francisco sports-talk radio station, Monday night. "As I look at it, it's very simple. He's the head football coach of the San Francisco 49ers."
Baalke reiterated that Harbaugh's future with the 49ers would not be addressed until after the final regular-season game on Sunday against Arizona. Harbaugh has one season left on his 5-year, $25-million contract with San Francisco.
NFL.com reported last week that Michigan has offered Harbaugh a 6-year, $48-million deal to become Michigan's next football coach. UM fired Brady Hoke on Dec. 2 after the Wolverines finished 5-7.
Michigan has not publicly commented on its coaching search since Dec. 12, when it announced that it had retained Korn/Ferry to assist in the hiring process. Jed Hughes, a former UM football assistant, is the head of Korn/Ferry's global sports practice.