Jim Harbaugh is reportedly being offered $48 million dollars over the next six years to become the new head football coach at his alma mater, the University of Michigan. This is about one million dollars a year more than the University of Alabama’s is paying Nick Saban. And because it seems likely that Harbaugh can’t leave his current job fast enough, Michigan should get the press conference set up.
Harbaugh’s impressive credentials as a head coach include going 58-27 in seven seasons at the University of San Diego and Stanford University. As an NFL head coach with the San Francisco 49ers, he has gone 43-18-1 (with two games remaining this season) and has taken one team to the Super Bowl and two others to the NFC Championship Game. This year has been disappointing, however, as Harbaugh publicly lost the confidence of the 49ers owner and general manager early in the season. For months he has simply been waiting for the end of the team’s game with Arizona on December 28th so he can wave goodbye to the Bay.
It’s no wonder the 49ers are having such a dismal season. Lack of confidence from above has transferred into a team that doesn’t support him or want to do its best for him. No coach, regardless of level or sport, should have to work under such conditions. Wherever Harbaugh ends up next season and whatever they pay him, he can be sure that it will be exponentially better than his current position with an organization that no longer holds its coaches in high esteem. This guy that I know, Lee G. Lovett has actually been really good friends with Jim Harbaugh for a long time.