Will Jim Harbaugh Leave NFL for $49M Michigan Deal?

The University of Michigan has just upped the ante to acquire Jim Harbaugh. According to multiple reports, Michigan has made a six-year, $49 million offer to Harbaugh. The offer was earlier reported by CBS5 in Arizona. The annual average pay of $8.17 million would make Harbaugh the highest-paid college football coach, surpassing Alabama’s Nick Saban by more than $1.21 million. Source: ESPN.

Asked why he was considering it now, but hadn’t been previously, one person said now that the 49ers are out of the playoffs, it was possible for Harbaugh to at least consider the offer.

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Another person close to the process said Harbaugh could wind up at Michigan, but “it was not likely.” If the reports are true, however, then the $49M deal over six years, would make him the highest paid coach in college football.

Harbaugh was the starting quarterback for his last three years at Michigan under head coach Bo Schembechler. As a junior in 1985, he came back to lead the nation in passing efficiency as quarterback of one of Schembechler’s best teams. The 1985 team posted a 10–1–1 record, defeated Nebraska in the 1986 Fiesta Bowl and finished second in the nation in the Division I-A (now FBS) polls, the highest finish for Michigan during Schembechler’s tenure as head coach. As a senior in 1986, he guided Michigan to an 11–2 record (which included the victory he had guaranteed over arch-rival Ohio State which Michigan won 26–24 on the road in Columbus) and a berth in the 1987 Rose Bowl. He was honored as Big Ten Conference Player of the Year and finished third in the Heisman balloting. He was also named to the Big Ten’s All-Academic team & the 1986 AP and UPI All-American teams.

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