Paul Finebaum rips Michigan's 'preposterous' extension of Jim Harbaugh: 'What sense does this make?'
Jim Harbaugh has a new deal at Michigan. Paul Finebaum, unsurprisingly, does not approve.
Finebaum ripped UM’s new deal with Harbaugh during Thursday’s “Get Up.” The ESPN analyst called the contract “preposterous,” questioning what “sense” it made and described Michigan and Harbaugh as a marriage “going nowhere.”
“I think it’s preposterous, but it’s also a necessity of college football,” Finebaum said. “To stay ahead in recruiting, you have to keep extending coaches, and that’s how programs get in so much fiscal trouble. What sense does this make? Jim Harbaugh did not want to be there. We all know that. On National Signing Day 2 weeks ago, he got on a plane and went to Minnesota wanting (the Vikings) job for the reasons we just heard — he wants to win a Super Bowl. He didn’t get the job, so he crawls back to Michigan and Warde Manuel, the AD, really has no option. He extends Harbaugh’s contract by a year.
“This is not that dramatic. I think these 2 sides are stuck with each other. This marriage is going nowhere. Michigan has a good team for next year, but the optics of this, to me, are really bad.”
Harbaugh reportedly told Manuel that he won’t be interested in future NFL opportunities, though his new deal is unlikely to quiet the rumor mill. Harbaugh owes Michigan $3 million if he terminates the contract (leaves on his own for another opportunity) in Year 1. The amount drops by $750,000 every year after. Harbaugh’s new 5-year deal is like his old contract before he took a pay cut.
.@finebaum went in on Jim Harbaugh’s extension at Michigan 😳
“I think it’s preposterous! … Jim Harbaugh did not want to be there. We ALL know that. … This marriage is going nowhere!” pic.twitter.com/w1mG2kcGsp
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) February 17, 2022