According to CFT, Jim Harbaugh is not the “eight million dollar Michigan man.” Instead, Michigan lured Harbaugh away from the NFL with a $5 million per year contract. Terms of the contract have been released on Tuesday and it’s far lower than what many perceived it would take to bring Harbaugh in to coach the Wolverines.
According to John Bacon, Harbaugh told Jim Hackett that he didn’t want to be the highest paid coach in college football. In fact, Harbaugh didn’t want to be the wealthiest coach in the Big Ten either. However, the newly hired Michigan coach wanted higher pay for the assistant coaches he plans to bring in.
According to Sportsline.com, Jim Harbaugh will officially be named the Michigan Wolverines head coach on Tuesday. Sources close to the Michigan situation confirmed to NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Harbaugh to Michigan was a done deal. Apparently, Michigan told their biggest boosters that the coaching search was officially over before the contract was signed.
However, until the contract was officially signed, nothing was certain for the Michigan program. Earlier in the month, reports surfaced that Harbaugh would receive $8 million per year, but the number was not confirmed. If Harbaugh received the reported contract, it would have made him the highest paid coach in all of college football. Instead, Michigan will have plenty of money to hire the best assistant coaches in the country.
Michigan has had their ups and downs in recent years. That’s why Harbaugh is the perceived savior of the program, for now. Wherever Harbaugh has been, his teams have flourished. During his four year tenure with the San Francisco 49ers, Harbaugh went 44-19-1 and made it to three straight NFC Championship games. It’s hardly his only impressive coaching performance in a short time.
Harbaugh spent three seasons (2004-06) as a head coach of the University of San Diego Toreros. After starting 2-4, San Diego finished with five straight wins to finish at 7-4. In the next two seasons, San Diego completed a pair of 11-1 seasons, winning the conference title each year. Soon after, Harbaugh headed to Stanford to take on the ultimate rebuilding job.
Once there, he spent four years with the Cardinals and earned two winning seasons. The miraculous turnaround helped forge Stanford into the powerhouse they are today. Harbaugh’s record with Stanford was only (29-21), but its obviously one of the greatest coaching jobs in history of the sport. His time with the Cardinals culminated with a 12-1 regular season, followed by an Orange Bowl victory.
Michigan is much further along than all three of the programs Jim Harbaugh has taken over in the past 10 years.
Overall, Harbaugh has a record of (102-46-1). That record has to make the Michigan boosters extremely happy.