Jim Harbaugh is seeing dollar signs.
Going into the 2014 NFL season, there was quite a bit of chatter around the league pertaining to San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh. Rumors around the league were that the many of the 49ers players and staff personally did not like the coach much, and this had led to divisions within the locker room. Of course these accusations were just dismissed as rumors when facing the media, but as the season got underway, the disconnect between the coach and his players was too obvious to ignore.
After appearing in the NFC Championship game the last two seasons, and appearing in the Super Bowl in that time, the 49ers currently have a 7-7 record, and have officially been eliminated from the playoffs. It must be noted that the team has virtually all the same key players this year as they have in the past. As the weeks have gone by, and the team has struggled both on and off the field, it has become clear that this is Jim Harbaugh’s final season in San Francisco. Many NFL insiders had already begun predicting the coaching carousel and which NFL franchise he might end up with next season.
That is until yesterday, when Michigan University offered Harbaugh a 6-year $48 Million contract to come lead the Wolverines. Harbaugh had previously scoffed at the idea of coaching the NCAA team, as they had made a prior offer, but it seems as though he is now warming up to the idea of moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan. To put things in proper prospective, Harbaugh stands to make $8 million a year. The NCAA’s highest paid coach at the moment is Alabama’s Nick Saban, who earns $1.2 Million. It should also be noted that Harbaugh played as a quarterback for Michigan back in the late 80s.
Sources: #Michigan has made another run at Jim Harbaugh after he initially rebuffed the school. U-M has made an offer of 6 years, $48M. Wow.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 17, 2014
Harbaugh had previously indicated he wouldn’t give the Michigan gig serious consideration but a source said that’s changed very recently.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 17, 2014