Harbaugh took less than Michigan offered in 2011

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For those who believe 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh wouldn’t use his alma mater as leverage for his next job, here’s perhaps conclusive evidence that he would.

He already has.

In 2011, Harbaugh rejected an Ann Arbor offer that would have paid him $5.2 million annually.  Instead, he took $5 million per year from the 49ers, who originally hoped to get Harbaugh for $4 million to $4.5 million per year.  Without the Michigan offer, it would have been difficult for Harbaugh to shake $5 million per year from the Niners.

This time around, Harbaugh has $8 million per year in hand from the Wolverines.  That may not get him more than $8 million from the Raiders or whoever, but it will prompt the Raiders or whoever to cough up more than they had hoped to pay.

Is he worth it?  Ultimately, we’re all worth whatever someone will pay.  But in an industry with a finite number of positions and no coaches union, it’s easy for ownership to set a market that keeps coaches from getting fair value in relation to their direct impact on winning and losing.  Rarely if ever does a head coach have the opportunity to blow the curve; Harbaugh has a chance to do it, thanks to Michigan’s ongoing willingness to extend offers that ultimately will be rejected.

In this case, it would be a major surprise if Harbaugh doesn’t ultimately reject the Michigan offer.  It’s widely believed that Harbaugh, who has never coached outside of California, wants to stay there.  Unless the Stanford, Cal, USC, or UCLA jobs open up soon, the Golden State options are coach the Raiders or the 49ers or no one.

22 responses to “Harbaugh took less than Michigan offered in 2011

  1. michigan needs to hire a coach they believe will be there for 6 years at least. you need 4 to see your first recruiting class come to fruition, and then at least another 2 to see if the coach can recognize strengths and weaknesses of his team to fill holes through recruiting. recycling college coaches every 2-3 years never works. by the time a new coach comes in he doesnt have the personnel he wants or doesnt fit his schemes, and the program suffers.

  2. Harbaugh and Michigan totally deserve each other. An insufferable, arrogant fan base and an insufferable, arrogant coach. A way overhyped college football program that has been terrible for the last seven years and a way overhyped coach who has been unable to win when it really counts. I could go on and on. I really hope he does come to Michigan. It would be way more satisfying for Sparty to beat up on a coach like him than it has been to beat up on Hoke and Rich Rod who were actually pretty likeable guys.

  3. I’m thoroughly enjoying the national nfl media continue to try to persuade people that a top tier nfl coach in their prime would NEVER leave the pro game.

  4. Is he worth it? Ultimately, we’re all worth whatever someone will pay.

    Actually what someone will pay is what someone will pay, and has very little to do with worth, or value added by someone, but a lot to do with other factors like industry personality etc.. employing your logic demarcus russell was worth all that dough…..

  5. At least they have a good basketba…oh wait. Never mind. Losses to NJIT and Eastern Michigan so far this year. Anyone watch Sparty beat that Eastern team by 20 last night that Michigan lost to?

  6. Further proof that paying NCAA football players is impossible…if Michigan can afford to offer “only” $8M/year for a coach, obviously they can’t afferd a few thousand per year for the talent on the field, most of whom won’t earn a useful degree or play professionally, but who will help the university rake in untold millions with their play.

    But hey, at least ticket prices are low because the players aren’t paid….wait…what?

  7. I actually like this post today. It is a humble assessment with facts to back it up. The truth is, no one knows what will happen. Remember that everyone had Harbaugh going to Miami (according to well placed sources). What if he stays to coach the Niners?

  8. I don’t understand why people can’t understand people. First ya think he likes the weather in Cali? How about his wife and family liking the weather.
    Hey if he gets paid less than Mich is offering, is on the NFL big stage and in a nice climate like Cali or Fla does the money matter that much.
    Last, maybe he just doesn’t give a crap about his old school. Went there done that.

    My bet, he wants nothing to do with Michigan and the screwed up climate etc.

  9. What about San Diego? Aren’t they still in California? St. Louis too, won’t they be there soon? Or do you only mean teams that have vacant coaching positions?

  10. Does anyone know if he has an out in his contract to go and coach at the college level?? Last I knew the Niners still had him under contract for one more year so unless they release him there’s no way he can go to Michigan. I know the reports are that they want him gone, but I find it hard to believe they’ll let him walk to Michigan uncompensated for the final year they would owe him.

  11. I’m extremely happy I got a chance to see that picture of Harbaugh having a mild stroke while throwing a football this morning .

    Thank you…it was awesome to see.

  12. Stephen Ross will once again make an insane offer (10 million a year) and once again Harbaugh will use the Dolphins to bargain himself a fat contract somewhere else.

  13. I always liked Harbaugh’s competitiveness, but he’s a front-runner type of coach. He’s the type, that if your team is already fairly set, he can find you a few pieces and provide direction and motivation. But he’s not a re-builder type of coach. He doesn’t have the patience for it. And he’s also a lousy judge of QB talent.

    Harbuagh will come in and ride the wave of success, but he’ll jump at the first sign of water below deck.

  14. Stephen Ross will once again make an insane offer (10 million a year) and once again Harbaugh will use the Dolphins to bargain himself a fat contract somewhere else.
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    Ross will be putting money toward an offer for Harbaugh…to go to Michigan.

    Can almost guarantee the Michigan athletic department talked to Ross before making any moves. Michigan doesn’t want that well to dry.

  15. I really hope he does come to Michigan. It would be way more satisfying for Sparty to beat up on a coach like him than it has been to beat up on Hoke and Rich Rod who were actually pretty likeable guys.
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    You want an elite coach to come to the state that you have had success in for the past seven years for the first time in a couple decades?

    No one can deny that Dantonio has done a hell of a job, but Sparty needs coaches like Brady Hoke at Michigan in order to dominate the way they have.

    Harbaugh is a top 3 coach in college, and Michigan is a national recruiting destination. Meyer vs. Harbaugh will be what everyone wants to see.

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