Jim Harbaugh has been the subject of some criticism ― from everyone from online posters to college football analyst Paul Finebaum, especially ― in his third season as Michigan’s coach. Critics will say, for example, that the Wolverines haven’t finished higher than third place in their division since Harbaugh took the helm.
The Wolverines don’t seem to share those concerns.
Brady Quinn, the former Notre Dame and NFL quarterback who’s now a FOX Sports analyst, said the Wolverines are discussing a “lifetime contract” for Harbaugh.
“I talked to someone who’s kind of an insider within that program, and we had a long, drawn out conversation,” Quinn said on FOX Sports Radio, according to Mike Sullivan. “What he told me was that they’re working on a lifetime contract. I swear to you, that was his words. I kind of pressed him on it and said ‘Really?! A lifetime deal? What would that even look like?’ He couldn’t give me the particulars, but he said that’s one of the things they are talking about. That’s how confident, that’s how good they feel about Jim Harbaugh and how glad they are to have him there. So maybe that’s something Harbaugh wants.”
Harbaugh is the highest-paid coach in the Big Ten at $7 million per season. His salary ranks third in the nation behind Alabama’s Nick Saban ($11.1 million) and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney ($8.5 million). Harbaugh’s current contract expires at the end of 2021.
Michigan finished 10-3 in his first two seasons and is 8-3 heading into the annual rivalry game against Ohio State on Saturday.