The national champion will be crowned Monday, but not all eyes in the college football world have been on the upcoming game between Alabama and Ohio on Friday.
Michigan and Jim Harbow made national news when the head coach signed a new five-year deal, which runs in the 2025 season.
Under the new contract, Harbaugh, which made just over $ 8 million in 2020, significantly reduces the basic salary. He will earn a basic salary of $ 4 million in 2021
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Harbaugh is now moving from the highest paid head coach in the Big Ten to the eighth, according to a USA Today survey of football coaches’ salaries in 2020.
But the new deal is also tied to incentives, including $ 1 million to win the Big Ten championship game and a college football playoff. In addition, Harbaugh is entitled to a $ 500,000 bonus if Michigan wins the Big Ten East Division directly and a $ 500,000 bonus if it reaches the CFP semifinals.
The news was met with mixed reactions across the country. Here are some remarkable titles and reactions of Harbo remaining in Ann Arbor.
ESPN College GameDay analyst David Pollock at the live football college: “They did it to keep recruiting together, to keep things together,” Pollack said. “This is a contract that will not have a big purchase, which means that if they want to continue with Jim Harbo in the near future, they can do it. Harbo, it was interesting. Because his recruitment was so close to him during his tenure. It started so well. It looked so bad then last year. Something needs to change with this Harbo regime. Apparently his DC shooting … made a difference.
“That doesn’t mean Harbo will be coaching for the next five years. This means that they are locking it up for recruitment and we will see how it will be next year. “
ESPN analyst Michael Wilbon of Sorry for the interruption: “For people who are shocked that Harbaugh would like to return, why not look for a job in the NFL? First, there may not be as many NFL teams creating the market he wants. But most importantly, Harbaugh wants to do it. This is his alma mater. He wants to win in Michigan. He wants to beat Ohio State University and wants to participate in that playoff. That’s why Jim Harbois came there. It’s not like a plum job, and it would be bad if he had to leave. No, it was an elite college job for him. That gives him that chance. Let me just say this, as I have some sources from the Big Ten and people I’m close to, and some who have gone to Michigan, not all of them will be happy with that initially. The only thing that will make him happy is if he does these two things. “
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