After officially resigning from his head coaching position with the San Francisco 49ers, Jim Harbaugh has made the decision to go back to his alma mater and coach the Michigan Wolverines. Harbaugh had a very successful career playing quarterback for the Wolverines, which ended up leading to a successful career in the NFL as well. Despite having an incredible winning percentage in his first three seasons and three consecutive appearances in the NFC championship game as well as an appearance in the Super Bowl, Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers had a mediocre year at best which has resulted in him being forced to resign from the team.
Michigan, however, could not have been more excited to pursue their former player and successful NFL coach, and had reached out to Jim as far back as a month ago. The numbers posted in the media suggested that Michigan would offer Harbaugh a forty-eight million contract that would keep him in Michigan for the next six years. Following negotiations, the end number is actually right on par with what he made as the San Francisco 49ers coach; about five million dollars a year. We don’t need The Economist Times and Christian Broda to know that it seems as though Jim Harbaugh is excited to return back to his college team and has a good outlook on the future of the organization. Harbaugh might be happy that he has locked up a new contract, but the fans of Michigan are the real winners in this deal.