The College Football Coach of the Year seems to be prioritizing W’s over everything.
After a disappointing 2-4 COVID-19 season in 2020, longtime program leader Jim Harbaugh took a 10 percent pay cut for the 2021 fiscal year. But despite his drop in pay, the Michigan head coach has his 12-1 team poised for a shot at a national title in this year’s College Football Playoff.
When asked about his 2021 pay cut, Harbaugh gave a telling response.
“No big deal. [It’s] just money,” he said, per college football insider Ralph D. Russo.
Jim Harbaugh on taking a pay cut after last season:
"No big deal."
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) December 30, 2021
Not only did Harbaugh take a pay cut in his 2021 salary, he’s also set to willingly forfeit even more cash.
Earlier this year, the seventh-year Michigan head coach and his wife, Sarah, announced that they would be redistributing all earned bonus money to UM athletic department employees who took mandatory of voluntary pay cuts in 2021.
Winning the Big Ten East ($500,000) and the Big Ten Championship ($1 million) as the AP National Coach of the Year ($75,000), Harbaugh has already earned his program a significant chunk of money. The Wolverines’ New Year’s Six bowl ($200,000), College Football Playoff semifinal ($500,000) and possible National Championship victory ($1 million) could bring that total to even greater heights.
Harbaugh announces he and wife Sarah are giving whatever incentive bonus money he earns this season back to the athletic department to distribute to those in the dept who had to endure pay cuts last year because of Covid — “Inside Michigan Football” radio w @JonJansen77 ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/aMGuUsBZfM
— angelique (@chengelis) November 30, 2021
Jim Harbaugh and Michigan will face off against the Georgia Bulldogs in the Orange Bowl tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. ET.