Jim Harbaugh contract: Michigan alters terms of deal, extends coach through 2026 season

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has agreed to a new five-year contract with the Wolverines after flirting with the NFL over the offseason. Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but it adds an additional year onto Harbaugh’s preexisting deal from January of 2021. 

“I love Michigan Football, the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor community,” said Harbaugh in a statement. “My family and I are excited to continue leading this football program, and we are thankful for the support that our athletic department and university administration have demonstrated toward the team.”

Harbaugh led Michigan to its first Big Ten championship since 2004 and an appearance in the College Football Playoff last season, where it lost 34-11 to eventual national champion Georgia. The Wolverines also topped rival Ohio State for the first time since 2011, while defensive end Aidan Hutchinson was named a Heisman finalist following a breakout season. 

But Harbaugh made waves by interviewing for the Minnesota Vikings job on National Signing Day, the uncertainty of which led to offensive coordinator Josh Gattis and defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald leaving for new jobs with the Miami Hurricanes and Baltimore Ravens, respectively. Harbaugh promoted internally for co-offensive coordinators and hired Vanderbilt DC Jesse Minter to the same position. Harbaugh reportedly told Michigan brass that his flirtation with the NFL was a one-time event.

“Jim has done a great job coaching and developing the young men in our football program,” said Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel. “Last season, Jim, along with the staff and players, delivered a memorable season that will remain with all of us for a long time. As Coach said, this is just the beginning. Academically,…

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