Jim Harbaugh reportedly signs extension to stay at Michigan
Despite loads of rumors that he could be let go, Michigan has decided to not only keep head coach Jim Harbaugh but sign him to a four-year extension. The deal will keep Harbaugh in Ann Arbor through the 2025 season, per reports.
Chris Balas of TheWolverine.com confirmed the extension on Friday afternoon after rumors came in late Thursday night that a deal was close:
Sources tell us Jim Harbaugh has signed his contract extension. We're not sure when to expect the announcement. Five-year deal.
— Chris Balas (@Balas_Wolverine) January 8, 2021
Sam Webb of 247Sports then followed up with a tweet confirming that report:
I have confirmed with Jim Harbaugh that his extension with Michigan has been signed.
— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) January 8, 2021
Harbaugh has been at Michigan for six years and is 49-22 overall. His best season came during 2015 (his first year there) when the Wolverines went 10-3 and won the Citrus Bowl. Since then, he’s gone back to bowl games but hasn’t won one.
This past season was his worst one yet results-wise as the Wolverines only went 2-4. Their two wins came against Minnesota and Rutgers while they lost to Indiana, Michigan State, Penn State, and Wisconsin.
They got to avoid playing rival Ohio State, though that was probably for the best. Harbaugh is 0-5 against the Buckeyes as head coach.
We’ll have to see if Harbaugh can turn it around at Michigan or else his seat will only be getting warmer, despite the extension.