As the Michigan Wolverines close out yet another disappointing season with a loss to Alabama in the 2020 Citrus Bowl, The Wolverines continue to cling to the pipe dream that Jim Harbaugh, the once proud and legendary quarterback who led them to iconic wins such as a huge upset in the 1986 Fiesta versus the then-mega powerhouse Nebraska Huskers, can translate that success to the sidelines as commander in chief of the program. It simply hasn’t happened. To be frank, they haven’t gotten anywhere near success as defined by Wolverine standards during the Harbaugh era.
Although some fans, notable alumni and media have called for his dismissal, Jim Harbaugh’s job is safe heading into next season, according to multiple sources.
The mere fact that the administration hasn’t peeked into the possibility of replacing him raises the concern that he has a cloak of invincibility when it comes to being held accountable for failing to perform that only rivals Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys.
When will he be fired? The short and simple answer is that as long as athletic director Warde Manuel and University President Mark Schlissel want Harbaugh, then Harbaugh, he won’t be fired.
Manuel has said more than once that he wants Harbaugh to retire at Michigan, and repeated the sentiment at Big Ten meetings last May.
“I stand my decision and my statement that I want him to retire here,” Manuel told reporters at the time.
Harbaugh finished year five of a seven-year deal to as Michigan’s head coach. At $7.5 million in 2019, he’s the third-highest paid coach in college football. If he were fired, Harbaugh would be owed his annual base salary and additional compensation for the remaining two years of the deal, roughly $12.1 million in total.
Will this situation change if the Wolverines have yet another mediocre season under Harbaugh in 2020? We’ll just have to wait and see. #BTPSports #KCAARadio