REPORT: Michigan On The Verge Of Giving Jim Harbaugh A Massive Contract Extension

After much speculation, it seems that Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is on the brink of securing a contract extension with a substantial pay raise that is expected to make him the highest-paid coach in the Big Ten Conference.

According to John U. Bacon, Michigan’s top brass is gearing up to offer Harbaugh a lucrative new deal in the coming weeks, which would put an end to the simmering drama surrounding his contract situation. 

“The Regents, [athletic director] Warde Manuel, and President Ono are all in alignment that Jim (Harbaugh) should have an extension within the next month that makes him the highest-paid coach in the conference,” Bacon stated on X.

Currently, Ohio State’s Ryan Day holds the title of the Big Ten’s top-paid football head coach with an annual salary of approximately $10.27 million, while Harbaugh lags behind at approximately $8 million per year. 

During a press conference on Monday, Jim Harbaugh expressed his openness to signing a long-term extension with the Wolverines.

“You want to be somewhere where you’re wanted,” Harbaugh said. “They like what you do and how you do it, and they tell you that. Your bosses tell you that, and then that gets reflected in a contract.”

“The bottom line … any of us, right? We want to be somewhere they like how you do it and what you do.”

Harbaugh’s coaching record at Michigan stands at an impressive 80-25. He has led the Wolverines to consecutive Big Ten titles and College Football Playoff appearances.

His team this year is looked upon as his best ever. Still undefeated, they are currently ranked #2 in the country and have a very real chance to win the national championship this season. 

What do you think about Harbaugh as a coach?

Is this the year he finally wins the national title at Michigan?

Do you think he has any itch deep down to return to the NFL?