Michigan AD Warde Manuel: Jim Harbaugh is ‘worth every penny’
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s salary is worth $7 million per year — and $9 million in 2016 because the life-insurance policy will be paid twice. The $7 million annual salary ranks him second in the country, behind only Alabama’s Nick Saban.
And Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel has no problem with the big number, as Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press reported:
“I think Jim has proven that he brings tremendous benefit to our football program, to this department and this university. So I don’t have any problems. I think he’s worth every penny,” Manuel said.
Harbaugh, of course, has coached Michigan for only one season. But he went 10-3 that first year, a 5-win improvement from Brady Hoke’s final season.
Michigan is also ranked No. 7 in the first AP Poll of the season for the program’s highest season-opening rank since 2007.
Warde Manuel says it doesn't bother him that Harbaugh's close to the highest-paid coach in CFB: "He's worth what we pay him."
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) August 23, 2016
The excitement continues to build as Michigan prepares for Hawaii on Sept. 3 in the Wolverines’ first game of the season. The fans seem ready, too, as 90,000 season tickets have been sold this year.
UM spokesman said there's no waitlist for football season tickets. Of 90K season tickets, 18K are student tickets.
— Rachel Lenzi (@RLenziBlade) August 23, 2016