Michigan, Jim Harbaugh agree to contract extension
The University of Michigan and head football coach Jim Harbaugh have reached an agreement on a contract extension. The school announced the new deal on Wednesday afternoon.
“Jim has done a great job coaching and developing the young men in our football program,” said athletic director Warde Manuel in a statement. “Last season, Jim along with the staff and players delivered a memorable season that will remain with all of us for a long time. As Coach said, this is just the beginning. Academically, our program has been one of the best in the Big Ten and among the leaders across the country. We have graduated our players and they have been young men of great character who have done the right things. I have the utmost confidence in the direction of the program under Jim’s leadership.”
Harbaugh’s new contract is a restructured deal that comes after he led Michigan to a B1G title and a College Football Playoff appearance. The Wolverines also defeated Ohio State for the first time under Harbaugh and finished the year with a 12-2 record.
Per the release, Harbaugh’s new contract is a 5-year deal that runs through 2026. Financial details of the reworked contract were not provided by the school.
“I love Michigan Football, the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor community,” said Harbaugh. “My family and I are excited to continue leading this football program, and we are thankful for the support that our athletic department and university administration have demonstrated toward the team. I appreciate all that our players, coaches and staff are doing to excel on and off the football field. My enthusiasm for tomorrow, the day after and every day following is as high as ever, and we are ready to get on the practice field and start preparations for the 2022 season. Go Blue!”
Harbaugh and Michigan agreed to a restructured contract after the 2020 season when the Wolverines finished 2-4. The team lost to in-state rival Michigan State and did not play Ohio State because of COVID-19 concerns.
In 7 seasons as the leader of the program, Harbaugh has guided Michigan to a 61-24 record. The team has hit double-digit win totals 4 times and has appeared in a bowl game all but one year — the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign.