Michigan reportedly offers Harbaugh deal

BY foxsports • December 17, 2014

For the past several months, one story has dominated the Michigan football program -- is Jim Harbaugh coming or not?

The Wolverines might be about to get their answer.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Michigan has offered Harbaugh a six-year, $48-million contract to take over for Brady Hoke. The $8 million salary would make Harbaugh the highest-paid coach in college football by a significant margin -- Alabama's Nick Saban led the way this season at $7.1 million. He would be making the same amount as New Orleans' Sean Payton, the NFL's highest-paid coach.

Harbaugh, of course, is considered the ultimate "Michigan Man." His father was an assistant coach under Bo Schembechler, and he was Schembechler's starting quarterback for three years. As a senior, he led the Wolverines to a Big Ten championship and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting.

After a 14-year NFL career that included taking the Colts to the AFC championship game in 1995, Harbaugh has been a successful coach at both the college and pro levels. He went 58-27 in seven seasons at San Diego and Stanford, turning the historically weak Cardinal into a national-championship contender in just four years.

He then moved across the Bay Area to take over the San Francisco 49ers, and took them to three straight NFC championship games -- the first time any coach had done that in his first three seasons. In 2012, they got as far as Super Bowl XLVII before losing to his brother's Baltimore Ravens.

This season, though, the 49ers are just 7-7 and Harbaugh has clashed with 49ers owner Jed York. There have been rumors that he will be a candidate for the Oakland Raiders job, which would allow he and his family to stay in the Bay Area, as well as in Miami, a team owned by noted Michigan donor Stephen Ross.

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