Despite interest from various NFL teams, the Michigan Wolverines managed to keep head coach Jim Harbaugh in Ann Arbor. Harbaugh was heavily tied to Raiders and Vikings vacancies at separate times in the head coaching hiring cycle, but the two teams chose to hire different candidates. So Harbaugh returned to Michigan, which welcomed him with open arms and, apparently, a brand new contract. The university announced on Wednesday that Harbaugh had agreed to a new five-year contract that will run through the 2026 season.
The University of Michigan and head coach Jim Harbaugh have agreed to a contract extension.
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) February 16, 2022
Harbaugh had just signed a new contract with Michigan in January 2021, but interest from the NFL prompted the school to tack on another year and likely inject more money as well.
“I love Michigan football, the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor community,” Harbaugh said via MGoBlue. “My family and I are thrilled to continue to lead this football program, and we are grateful for the support our athletic department and university administration have shown the team. I appreciate all that our players, coaches and staff are doing to excel on and off the football pitch. My excitement for tomorrow, the day after and every day after is higher than ever, and we are ready to hit the training ground and get started. preparations for the 2022 season. Come on blues!”
In seven seasons as Michigan head coach, Harbaugh amassed a 61-24 record, despite only going 1-5 in bowl games. He had his best season yet with Wolverines in 2021 when their defense improved to a Top 10 unit after struggling in 2020. Wolverines finished the year 12-2 but were beaten by Georgia in the CFP semi-finals, 34-11.
Harbaugh was named the 2021 AP Coach of the Year after helping lead Michigan back into the upper echelons of college football, and he’s being rewarded for his efforts with an upgraded contract. Despite the close ties to the NFL, Harbaugh will remain in Ann Arbor for the foreseeable future.