Jim Harbaugh dodges contract questions during Monday presser
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh declined to provide an update on his looming contract situation when speaking with reporters on Monday.
“No update,” Harbaugh said. “Bigger fish to fry.”
Harbaugh on his contract status: “no update. Bigger fish to fry”
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Harbaugh’s contract expires in 14 months — an extremely unusual situation for a coach of his pedigree to be in. He’s still coaching on the original seven-year contract he signed with Michigan before the 2015 season. Per Yahoo’s Pete Thamel, Harbaugh is the only Power 5 coach with less than two seasons remaining on this contract.
According to USA Today’s coaches salaries database, Harbaugh is slated to make north of $8 million this season, good enough for No. 4 in the country. Every other coach in the top five — Nick Saban, Ed Orgeron, Dabo Swinney and Jimbo Fisher — has won a national title.
Despite having some relative success with the Wolverines, Harbaugh is 0-5 vs. Ohio State and four of those losses have come by multiple scores. He’s 47-18 overall and 32-12 in the Big Ten as Michigan’s head coach.
Although there’s uncertainty over Harbaugh’s future in Ann Arbor, it hasn’t hurt Michigan on the recruiting trail. The Wolverines currently have 21 commitments for the class of 2021, and 247Sports rates the class as No. 7 in the country with a couple months before early signing day.
Michigan’s season opener vs. Minnesota is scheduled for a 7:30 ET kickoff on Saturday. The game will be broadcast on ABC.