Jim Harbaugh signs contract extension at Michigan

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There hasn’t been any sign that Jim Harbaugh was in the running for any of the current NFL head coaching vacancies and he won’t be making a late jump into the ring.

University of Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel announced on Friday that Harbaugh has signed a four-year extension at the school. Harbaugh was under contract for 2021 and is now signed through 2025.

The Wolverines were 2-4 in a truncated 2020 season and is 49-22 since returning to his alma mater in 2015. He has had three 10-win seasons, but his tenure has been marred by an inability to beat Ohio State and other top teams.

“I continue to believe that Jim is the right man to lead our program in pursuit of Big Ten and CFP championships,” Manuel said in a statement. “Our program didn’t achieve at a level that anyone expected this year, but I know those setbacks will drive the coaches, players and staff moving forward. Jim is a tireless worker and competitor. Following the completion of the season we talked for many hours on what it will take for Jim to lead and get us back on the right trajectory.”

There was talk in recent weeks that Michigan was looking for Harbaugh, who coached the 49ers for four years before going to Ann Arbor, to take a lower base salary with incentives in the new deal. Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com reports that is how the deal is structured, but there’s no word on the details.

Michigan’s statement said that Harbaugh “is in the process of evaluating and putting together” his coaching staff. Reports on Friday indicated he will hire Mike Macdonald to be the defensive coordinator. Macdonald is currently the linebackers coach on Harbaugh’s brother John’s staff with the Ravens.

UPDATE 5:20 p.m. ET: Michigan has filed the terms of the deal. Harbaugh made over $8 million in 2020, but his base salary in 2022 will be $4 million with $3.475 million available in incentives. The salary rises to over $4.4 million by the end of the extension while Harbaugh’s buyout shrinks from $2 million to $500,000. The school’s buyout drops from $4 million to $1 million over the life of the deal.

25 responses to “Jim Harbaugh signs contract extension at Michigan

  1. Bwahahahah. Looks like tOSU gets to bully the B1G for four more years. Michigan alums have to be furious.

  2. 8 million a year for just the HC while the players get nothing, not even a plane trip home if they lose a loved one…

  3. $1mm buyout is pennies for any major donor who wants him fired. This was all window dressing to maintain a four year commitment to recruits

  4. Harbaugh is a good coach. It hasn’t worked out the way everyone expected in Ann Arbor. But he is a good coach. Not a great coach but a good coach, his overall career record proves that. Ohio State is just on another level above everyone else in that entire conference.

  5. flutener333 says:
    January 8, 2021 at 5:47 pm
    $1mm buyout is pennies for any major donor who wants him fired. This was all window dressing to maintain a four year commitment to recruits

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    He was stealing money at 8 mill/yr. Having your salary cut in half just to not get fired tells you all you need to know.

  6. He is a good coach, but Michigan’s problem is that it cannot out-recruit OSU. Plus, if you are a great player, would you want to be in cold Michigan for much of the school year, or would you rather be in Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Florida?

  7. pygirl says:
    January 8, 2021 at 5:50 pm
    Beating Clemson and now Harbaugh gets resigned. What a great week for Ohio State fans.
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    Unfortunately Monday is just a couple of days away. Roll Tide!

  8. He will leave for the Bears or Colts as soon as a job is open. He thought he was going to the Bears this year until they made the playoffs. There are high profile people in Ann Arbor who were actually counting on this, and it’s why the contract is structured the way it is (rumor/allegedly). If he turns it around great – he gets paid. If not he takes the Bears job sooner than later and everybody comes out looking like roses. MI doesn’t have to fire him and he doesn’t take another huge whack to his reputation.

  9. Plus, if you are a great player, would you want to be in cold Michigan for much of the school year, or would you rather be in Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Florida?
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    Easy. MI. Nobody ever had to evacuate their homes because of some snow.

  10. I remember the days when Michigan was a real football power. Looks like it will remain just a memory.

  11. “Harbaugh is a good coach. It hasn’t worked out the way everyone expected in Ann Arbor. But he is a good coach.”
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    Coaching isn’t the issue. His downfall is he’s not great at recruiting. The fact the guy who made Kaepernick an NFL star hasn’t been able to get any top QB recruits to Michigan speaks volumes. For the past several years Michigan’s starter wouldn’t even be able to make Ohio State’s team.

  12. Oh thank God, as a Bears fan I’m glad he’s staying at Michigan. As a Ohio State and a Bears fan he is perfect right where he is. The Bears need a team president and a new GM before a coach.

  13. Somehow I cannot stop feeling sorry for UM fans. Harblaugh is simply too emotional (in good and bad ways) to be in a position that can affect a young man’s future.

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