Report: Contract extension for Jim Harbaugh could come sooner than expected
There soon could be a contract extension for Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, according to a report from Sports Illustrated.
Sunday, Michael Spath of Sports Illustrated reported that the Michigan Athletic Department could be working on a contract extension for Harbaugh before the 2020 season begins. Spath claims that a deal could even be reached within the next few weeks.
Harbaugh’s contract is currently set to expire shortly after the 2021 season ends. Adding a few more years to his deal would help Michigan on the recruiting trail, knowing he’ll be in Ann Arbor for a little longer.
During Harbaugh’s five years at the helm, Michigan is 47-18 with a 32-12 mark in B1G play. The Wolverines have played in the postseason every year and the program has enjoyed three 10-win seasons during that stretch.
But because the expectation in Ann Arbor is to beat Ohio State, win B1G titles and compete for national championships, there’s been a lukewarm feeling about giving Harbaugh an extension, especially before the 2020 season to see what he accomplishes.
Michigan was the preseason favorite to win the B1G and compete for a spot in the College Football Playoff. A lackluster start and a loss to Ohio State at the end of the year proved to be costly, however, as the Wolverines finished the regular season 9-3, with losses to Wisconsin, Penn State and the Buckeyes.
Michigan made an appearance in the Citrus Bowl, where it fell to Alabama 35-16.