(WLNS) – There are reports today that the University of Michigan hasn’t given up hope of hiring embattled San Francisco 49er head coach Jim Harbaugh.
According to our media partners at MLive, Michigan is prepared to pay Harbaugh $48 million over a 6-year contract.
At the moment, Alabama head coach Nick Saban is college football’s highest-paid head coach, making $7.16 million in 2013-14. Rapoport’s reported deal would be worth $8 million per season.
Earlier this month, Rapoport reported that Michigan had reached out to Harbaugh, who played quarterback for the school, about its vacant head coaching position — which became available after the team fired Brady Hoke on Dec. 2 — but left that initial conversation convinced he would like to remain in the NFL.
Rapoport also reported Wednesday that Harbaugh has not given Michigan a definitive “no” at this point.
After going 58-27 in seven seasons as a college coach at the University of San Diego and Stanford, Harbaugh signed a five-year, $25 million deal to coach the 49ers in 2011. He currently has one year left on that contract.
However, tension between Harbaugh, the team’s upper management and the locker room — and the 49ers’ 7-7 record — has most NFL insiders believing that this will be his final year in San Francisco.
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