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Report: Jim Harbaugh has signed his extension with Michigan

It’s over and Harbaugh is back.

Michigan v Maryland Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images

Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh has seen his status up in the air since the end of the season, but reports from Thursday night (and really, much longer) said that he and the athletic department were set to consummate a contract extension. According to Chris Balas of The Wolverine on Friday afternoon, the deal has been signed and is now official. The only thing left to do is announce it.

NFL rumors had emerged as the process of working out a deal stretched out, but Harbaugh has now officially inked a deal that ties him to Michigan through the 2026 season at a reduced salary with incentives and a low buyout number. He will reportedly have a base salary of $4 million that, with incentives, could reach up to $8 million per season.

Harbaugh has a 49-22 record through six seasons on the job with three ten-win seasons (2015, 16, 18), an eight-win season (2017), a nine-win season (2019), and the 2020 campaign, which resulted in victories over Minnesota and Rutgers. Despite a 34-16 record in conference play, Harbaugh is 0-5 against the Ohio State Buckeyes and 3-3 against the Michigan State Spartans and has yet to reach the Big Ten Championship game since arriving in Ann Arbor. For the longest time, we were able to commend his tenure for beating the teams Michigan should beat, though the 2020 season was a sobering crash down to earth with a 2-4 record and the last three games of the year wiped out due to COVID-19.

And now comes a reboot for Michigan with so many young faces expected to get playing time in 2021 with a staff that will be overhauled. Don Brown is out as defensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ben McDaniels will not be retained with other moves set to come, as well. Reports indicate that Michigan’s new defensive coordinator will be Mike Macdonald, who has spent the last seven years with the Baltimore Ravens (more on him here).

Now all that is pending is the official announcement. With contracts for six assistants set to expire over the weekend, expect more news to come in short order.