Through Jim Harbaugh’s brief tenure as San Francisco 49ers head coach, the organization reached the pinnacle of professional football, earning a Super Bowl appearance. But after a tumultuous 2014 campaign reports surfaced that Harbaugh could be used as trade bait this off-season. With the 49ers already out of the playoff race, Harbaugh was contacted by the Michigan Wolverines and was reportedly offered a six-year contract worth approximately $49 million, according CBS5 in Arizona.
The deal would allow Harbaugh to return to the college ranks, where he previously built Stanford into a national powerhouse, while making him the highest paid coach in all of college football. If he were to accept the offer, Harbaugh would top Alabama head coach Nick Saban by roughly 1.21 million per year.
In recent years, Michigan’s coaching staff has been an absolute mess causing the on-field product to struggle. Michigan has not recorded a ten-win season since 2011 while struggling to maintain relevance in the Big Ten. The Wolverine athletic department feels Harbaugh could be the right fit for the job and hoped the high salary could lure Harbaugh back to school.
Still, it remains unlikely that Harbaugh will leave the NFL, but sources close to him said that he is at least “considering it.” With a few more weeks left in the regular season, fans shouldn’t expect to hear a definitive answer for some time, but still the Wolverines could move forward with their search in the meanwhile.
Harbaugh has seen major success at both the collegiate and NFL levels totaling a career record of 58-27 and 48-20-1 respectively. He is seen by many as one of the most passionate and dedicated coaches in all of football and would be a great hire for the University of Michigan.
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