Report: Jim Harbaugh signs with Michigan

AP

More than 30 years after Michigan persuaded Jim Harbaugh to play football at Ann Arbor for free, the school has now persuaded him to coach the team for slightly greater compensation.

Via the Detroit Free Press, the former 49ers coach has signed a contract that makes him the next coach of the Michigan Wolverines, only one day after ending his four-year tenure in San Francisco.  He’ll be introduced at a Tuesday press conference.

Widespread reports have pegged the deal at having an annual value of $8 million per year.  Given the boost his decision gives to the Big 10, the rest of the conference will benefit indirectly from Michigan’s investment.  Of course, if may not feel like a benefit if/when Harbaugh does for the Wolverines what he has done at every other stop in his career as a head coach.

Few believe Michigan will be Harbaugh’s last stop.  After he resurrects the program, he can resume the chase for a Lombardi Trophy — and he can wait for the perfect opportunity to arise.

Indeed, many believe Harbaugh opted for his alma mater simply because a competitive alternative never materialized in the NFL, despite persistent leaks aimed at getting one or more owners to come to the table with considerable cash.

94 responses to “Report: Jim Harbaugh signs with Michigan

  1. Phenomenal move for Michigan and great for the Big 10. The Game will suddenly become a lot more interesting.

    Can’t blame Harbaugh. There’s something to be said for being wanted. Jed York, take note.

  2. Michigan will be the toughest challenge yet. With no Andrew Luck (Stanford) or Vic Fangio (Stanford/Niners) we will see how good of a coach he really is. Not saying he can’t succeed, it will just be a big challenge.

  3. He pulled the 49ers out of the mud. His record with the team is awesome. If 49ers and their fans think they are going to remain competitive without Harbaugh, please share that good joint ya are smoking. All Harbaugh did was developed Andrew Luck, drafted Kap and took ya to the superbowl. 49ers to the cellar is well deserved and that is very much the case. Bet on it.

  4. Welcome back Jim! I’m ready to see this football program rejuvenated. Greatness awaits. Don’t forget to legally tamper with Tom Brady to recruit him in advance to be a future QB coach!

  5. Not a niner fan and thought Harbaugh was a a crybaby but I still think he’s a great coach and have a hard time understanding why they let him get away. I heard from a niner fan it was over problems with Kaepernick but don’t know how true it is but if thats the case IMO Kaepernick should’ve been the one sent packing he’s not a good enough QB to let a great HC go over him

  6. Notice how the owner says if the 49’ers don’t win a superbowl they should blame him.

    Funny…..I thought they already were but I guess he’s not going to take credit for Harbaugh’s success under his reign because he didn’t win it all.

    Here’s a 34 year old spoiled brat who’s biggest accomplishment is employing JIM HARBAUGH.

    Best of luck to Jim, he deserved better and now he’s going to rightfully get it.

  7. Harbaugh played at Michigan for free!?!? Wow — that’s a terrible deal! Even today’s poor exploited athletes get free tuition at top universities, free room and board, medical care, and other perks that would easily cost normal students 1000s of dollars.

    You know, the word hero gets thrown around a lot lately, but in Harbaugh’s case…

  8. More than 30 years after Michigan persuaded Jim Harbaugh to play football at Ann Arbor for free,
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    Tuition is free? Your spread the wealth shtick is old.

  9. Don’t forget to legally tamper with Tom Brady to recruit him in advance to be a future QB coach!

    I think the smart one would be to get Charles Woodson when he retires this year to coach the secondary

  10. Joke will be on Harbaugh. He will not be a champion there. Jerry Kill and the Gophers will own him….

  11. Die hard Ohio Stater here.

    I can assure you that Buckeye nation is happy to have him up there now. It will be good when The scUM gets back on track and our rivalry returns to the great game it once was. Its great for our schedule and its also great news for the Big 10 in general. Anybody that disagrees has no clue.

  12. The 49ers will regress? To what a non-playoff team? Harbaugh did what he could, had his window and now has another opportunity.

    Not a loss for the Niners, if you believe they were going to improve then you don’t know football. He reached his peak and was on the decline.

  13. And if the University of Michigan hadn’t let him play a kids game and given him a free education, he never would have gone on to play in the NFL, much less coach in it and come back to take more millions from the school later on.

    At some point, these universities, especially the ones with good football programs, will have to start CHARGING the teenagers to play for them. Without the high profile teams like Alabama, or now Michigan, with their celebrity coaches, the kids would just be stuck with worthless degrees like everyone else.

  14. Flunkio:

    More than 30 years after Michigan persuaded Jim Harbaugh to play football at Ann Arbor for free…
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    How much did his tuition cost?

  15. U of M didn’t leave teams in the NFL much time to follow the rules in recruiting Harbaugh. Based on the amount of money they just threw at him, they didn’t want anyone to talk to him.

    Again, it’s ridiculous for a public (taxpayer supported) university to pay a coach $48M. The claims that his salary come out of a different bucket are just slight of hand.

    The players who are risking lifelong (permanent) injury get bupkus compared to what Harbaugh is making. The only risk he faces is looking silly on TV, and which is pretty much the norm for him.

    The nation as a whole would be better off with however many more engineers that $48M is worth than another overpaid football coach.

  16. Nice job UM. He will always be the guy who goes for biggest payday. He will leave when An NFL team pays him more or until UM isn’t willing to upgrade his pay

  17. Again, it’s ridiculous for a public (taxpayer supported) university to pay a coach $48M. The claims that his salary come out of a different bucket are just slight of hand.
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    Getting millions from millionaire and billionaire donors for the athletic department is slight of hand? Or the fact that Michigan generates millions from its football program the slight of hand?

    Or is it that you don’t know what you are talking about, so you throw conspiracy theories toward logic?

  18. So, for a little history brush-up – Jed’s uncle Eddie ran George Seifert out of town in ’96, who had won TWO Super Bowls – one in ’89 with what could be labeled Walsh’s roster (he’d just retired), but again 5 years later, which was clearly “his” team by then. That ’94 team was SO dominant that they were favored by 19.5 in SB 29 against San Diego – and covered by winning by 26. Yet less than 2 years later, impatient Eddie wanted to fire him. George quit first and didn’t give him the chance.

    So, what happens next? They don’t return to the big dance for 17 YEARS – under Harbaugh of course. So, how’d that work out, Jed? Oh yeah, they ran Mooch out of town too, only to bring in stiffs like Dennis Erickson (2-14), Mike Nolan, and Singletary.

    Jed is either the stupidest man in Silicon Valley, or his ego is so massive that it dwarfs any common sense the knucklehead might have. Sad day for the Niners.

  19. menofsteelers says:
    Dec 29, 2014 8:22 PM
    49ers will regret this when the next coach has the team taking a step back!
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    Step back from what? Third place? The NFL figured out his gimmick quarterback and his act wore thin.

  20. ivanpavlov0000 says:
    “Again, it’s ridiculous for a public (taxpayer supported) university to pay a coach $48M. The claims that his salary come out of a different bucket are just slight of hand.”

    You should know that U of M’s football program makes enough to pay for all sports at the school. Plus it nets the university about 90 million in profits even after paying it’s coaches. Then throw in that a alumni left the UM 400 million with a good chunk of that was for sports. That was just one of many alumni. So your tax payer crap is just that. The football program at the University of Michigan cost tax payers nothing.
    That said,
    GO STATE!

  21. So college coaches can make $8M per year but college athletes are only able to get a scholarship and a small monthly allowance? This contract resurrects the debate about how college athletes should be paid.

  22. This has been getting ‘reported’ for weeks… at this point, can we just get word when it’s official? I’m a little Harbaughed-out at this point.

  23. All this over a GM getting too involved because his ego. Whatever happened to the GM just doing all the stuff OFF the field and Let Harbaugh handle the stuff ON the field. Now his 9ers are going to take a step back.

  24. Glad to see Michigan finally got it right and hired a guy who is passionate about the college game and Big Blue. This should help UM pass Notre Dame and regain the top spot in winning percentage for College Football teams.

    Finally, hopefully, this will make “The Game” interesting again . Go Buckeyes!

  25. York wouldn’t give Harbaugh the deal that Carroll got from Paul Allen: almost complete control of football operations. That’s probably what he was offered by Michigan. The money is nice, but it reflects his additional responsibilities: renew the zeal of the $$$ paying boosters and fanbase. $8M is a pittance compared to the contributions from the widespread and wealthy alumni. I wouldn’t be surprised if the seduction of Harbaugh by Michigan hasn’t been going on behind the scenes for a quite a few years.

  26. great hire by Michigan…..odd choice of a job for Jim Harbaugh though. i understand it’s his hometown school and where he played QB, BUT leaving the nfl for college when you proven you can be a great nfl head coach is a head scratching move. guys like Carroll, Saban, Mora Jr. and others left the nfl for college based on the nfl not wanting them as head coaches…i’m sure some NFL team would’ve hired Harbaugh as a head coach. Atlanta would’ve been a great fit for him

  27. He’s not Vince Lombardi! He’s not even pete Carroll! To the guy who said he groomed Andrew luck?? I could have won with Andrew luck. You also said he drafted Kaperchoke. One, that’s not true . Two, it was a mistake to think you could win with that guy. Have you seen Kaperchoke play? The niners won despite him and now that their defense is old and slow Kaperchoke and the niners are in trouble.

  28. kamthechancellor says:
    Dec 29, 2014 8:28 PM
    And Pete Carroll wins again.

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    Pathetic. Everything is about the Seahawks for you isn’t it?

  29. All those dissing college football is probably coming from those who either never attended college or attended and never received a degree.

  30. For the love of God Seahawk fans could y’all even for one article not act like a bunch of clowns over your overrated team. Harbaugh isn’t even Pete Carroll? Really? How great was Pete Carroll in his first HC job in the NFL? Not as good as Harbaugh. Not that Seattle fans who have been watching football all of 2-3 years to remember that. Not a niner fan but do y’all even have any business putting down a franchise that’s historically one of the best in NFL history when your team historically is….well….a JOKE! There’s a very short list of historically great franchises and lets see…. nope Seattle still ain’t on it.

  31. Love the new found cowboys fans coming out of the woodwork.

    Wasn’t Jerrah asking you not to sell your tickets this year after Niner fans CLEARLY outnumbered cowboy fans at home??

    Talking about Hawks only being fans for 3 years, you’ve been fans for three games!

    LOL

    Irony.

    There’s likely a reason no pro team made a run at him.

  32. Actually I’ve been a cowboy fan since first grade. You remember first grade right? About when all Seahawks fans dropped out before learning how to count. Let me help you Dallas has 1,2,3,4,5 rings and Seattle has 1…. Now tell me which is more

  33. cboys4life2014 says:
    Dec 29, 2014 11:48 PM
    Actually I’ve been a cowboy fan since first grade. You remember first grade right? About when all Seahawks fans dropped out before learning how to count. Let me help you Dallas has 1,2,3,4,5 rings and Seattle has 1…. Now tell me which is more

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    too bad dallas lost it’s team

    Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Championships= 1
    Arlington Cowboys Super Bowl Championships= 0

  34. After once being a Niners fan…back in the Montana days….then moving to the Chiefs, cause they cut all their main players. I can say…..I’m cheering for ya Jim!!! The Niners clearly don’t have a clue…..best wishes in everything you do!

  35. Actually I’ve been a cowboy fan since first grade. You remember first grade right? About when all Seahawks fans dropped out before learning how to count. Let me help you Dallas has 1,2,3,4,5 rings and Seattle has 1…. Now tell me which is more
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    So…you’ve been a Cowboys’ fan for a couple of years?

    Question: How do watch the last Super Bowl the Cowboys’ won?

    Answer: with either VHS or BETA

    Go Hawks

  36. No doubt Harbaugh has won wherever he has gone, but he has never truly won anything……best he could do at Stanford was #5 one year, and in all reality before the nfl pulled the plug with their “blackout”at the time it was the worse blowout in the history of the superbowl….so just wonder how he will adjust to having to compete with all the other programs….time will tell, but to be the highest paid coach there is including nfl coaches, and colleges coaches and never winning any championships before is a little crazy

  37. Cboys4life2014 are you really going to compare two coaches based on their first coaching jobs? Just because pete Carroll wasn’t good in New England and New York means nothing now. Who’s won a super bowl Harbaugh or Carroll? Who’s won an NCAA championship Harbaugh or Carroll? Pete Carroll took over a 4-12 team and in 4 years built a team that’s at least a top ten team in league history. If you don’t believe me do some research. There’s some compelling arguments out there from some pretty good analytical websites. And as a cowboys fan calling the Seahawks overrated is ironic. There hasn’t been a more overrated team than the cowboys since their last Super Bowl. Every year you hear how good the cowboys “could be” this year and then another 8-8 season. History won’t be kind to you my friend. This Seahawk team as it’s built will be legendary. I’m praying you get past the lions and packers so the hawks can put a pounding on you guys. Last thing, this thought that Seahawks fans just started watching football actually shows that you don’t pay attention. Seattles a football town since the mid 70s. The rest of the country just never noticed because they get the NFC east shoved down their throats every week.

  38. Harbaugh is gonna pull a Pete Carroll: Go back down to the college ranks for a bit, build a dynasty at a once-mighty but now struggling program (maybe win a national championship), make some serious bank, and then go back up to the pros when the right opportunity presents itself (and no, coaching the dysfunctional Bears or the dysfunctional Raiders right now is not the right opportunity), and THEN win himself that Super Bowl.

  39. Harbaugh back in the NFL in 3 or 4 years.

    Recruit, get program back on track, get one class all the way (or almost) through along with some solid 3rd year guys, then move back to the NFL in a situation like Carroll got in Seattle; full roster autonomy with a GM he can get along with and make as much or more than at UM.

  40. Few believe Michigan will be Harbaugh’s last stop. After he resurrects the program, he can resume the chase for a Lombardi Trophy — and he can wait for the perfect opportunity to arise.

    Indeed, many believe Harbaugh opted for his alma mater simply because a competitive alternative never materialized in the NFL, despite persistent leaks aimed at getting one or more owners to come to the table with considerable cash.
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    And what other writers support this opinion? Have any? And if you have any, is it the same ones that said Saban would go back to the NFL? Please get out of the way of those carving their legacies. PFT writers, mostly MF, wake up. Some people’s lives are greater than just the NFL.

  41. Soooo, if there was a good NFL opportunity for Harbaugh, Florio, what was he waiting for? He had lived in the SF/Oak Bay, yet Oakland was a no go. Atlanta has the QB and offensive talent (yet no thanks), Jets are in the world’s biggest media market (beat it, apparently), and Harbaugh had excellent years with the Bears (yet, he had no interest). So what do you mean by good opportunities and options, the Seahawks and Patriots? (they’re not available, c’mon)

  42. Now that he’s no longer associated with professional football, we can stop wasting valuable electrons on him.

    We wave one final goodbye to the old nutjob as he turns to give his final address…

    “Gobble gobble” ;-p

  43. I am looking forward to him being in Michigan. I think he will help their recruiting and make them better.

    I am a big OSU fan and I think this will re-energize the rivalry. It has lost something over the last few years…Yes I have enjoyed the OSU recent dominance but I miss the great games and dislike of one another 🙂

  44. I’m a lifelong Ohio State fan. I think this is great for the Big 10 and great for Ohio State.

    Contrary to popular opinion, if you’re an Ohio State fan, you should not be rooting for Michigan to lose. To the contrary, I root for Michigan every week … but one.

    If Ohio State beats a Michigan team that’s 0-10 or 1-9, who cares? Nobody watches. It does nothing for Ohio State’s program. It’s just an expected beat down, and it passes in the national media with no notice.

    However, if Ohio State beats a Michigan team that’s 10-0, everyone notices. Everyone pays attention. The Game draws great ratings. People care.

    And yes, Ohio State’s going to lose those Games every now and then. That’s the price you pay for The Game being meaningful.

  45. Good luck in the B1G Ten! You can always remember your time in the NFL when you look at the Super Bowl ring on your finger. Just be sure to hand it back to your brother John when you are done. Go Ravens .

  46. He didn’t play for free. Pretty sure he probably had a full ride scholarship and other perks regular students don’t get.

  47. denverscott says:
    Dec 30, 2014 2:43 AM
    Time to hike the tuition fees for paying students.

    Why would that happen since most or all of his money is coming from private donations.

  48. Harbaugh is the new Marty Schottenheimer.
    Good enough to make a team successful, but will never win the big one.

  49. Actually I’ve been a cowboy fan since first grade. You remember first grade right? About when all Seahawks fans dropped out before learning how to count. Let me help you Dallas has 1,2,3,4,5 rings and Seattle has 1…. Now tell me which is more
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    Of course you were.

    And so were all those die hard fans who gave up their seats during home games this year.

    Embarrassing when the TV announcers mention it.

    I guess y’all been hibernating for a couple decades.

  50. I love how he is returning the Alumi Hero! At 4million he wasn’t at 8million he is a Wolverine! Make no mistake Wolverines fans, it’s about cash not “family”.

    That said little Jed should have given him 10million to stay with a franchise with history and rivals like Dallas, Green Bay, and Pittsburgh. You know – proper rivals that matter. Not wannabe rivals with zero history like Seattle, hell they have only been in the NFC 5 minutes. When you have 5 Lombardi’s we may consider you as a rival. Until then you are but a single pubic hair on life’s bar of soap – crude, apologetic and rather unkempt.

  51. It wouldn’t hurt to write something with a positive tone regarding this event. It hurts that the outcome was not your prediction, but it is not necessary to be so negative about what may happen in the future.

  52. How is me comparing Harbaugh and Carroll based on their first NFL head coaching jobs different than one of you morons comparing them now based on the many years experience Carroll has over Harbaugh in the NFL. Harbaugh will only get better and he will be back Carroll will only get older and retire and any success he had with Seattle will be irrelevant by the time Harbaugh returns to leave HIS mark on the NFL.

  53. Actually I’ve been a cowboy fan since first grade. You remember first grade right? About when all Seahawks fans dropped out before learning how to count. Let me help you Dallas has 1,2,3,4,5 rings and Seattle has 1…. Now tell me which is more
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    Of course you were.

    And so were all those die hard fans who gave up their seats during home games this year.

    Embarrassing when the TV announcers mention it.

    I guess y’all been hibernating for a couple decades.
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    Ouch……..

    Go Hawks

  54. …and any success he had with Seattle will be irrelevant by the time Harbaugh returns…

    So Harbaugh is hiding until Carroll is gone? Like a good little rabbit? LOL

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