Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is donating bonus money from his contract which will be distributed to employees of the university’s athletic department.
Harbaugh wants to help those who have had to take pay cuts amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In September 2020, Michigan cut 21 jobs in its sports department and instituted pay cuts of 5-10%.
The Detroit NewsAngelique Chengelis provided details on the incentives in the renegotiated extension he signed with the Wolverines in January, which will help cover the money lost:
Harbaugh announces that he and his wife Sarah are handing over to the sports department all the incentive money he earns this season to distribute to those in the department who had to suffer pay cuts last year because of Covid – radio “Inside Michigan Football” w @JonJansen77 ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/aMGuUsBZfM
Harbaugh has already triggered a $ 500,000 bonus as Michigan’s victory over Ohio State claimed the Big Ten East title.
If the Wolverines beat Iowa on Saturday, he would add an additional $ 1million for winning the Big Ten and possibly an additional $ 500,000 for reaching the college football playoff semifinals. If Michigan won its first national championship since 1997, it would put an additional $ 1 million in the bonus pool.
Around the same time last year, Harbaugh appeared to be on shaky ground in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The team fell to 2-4 after losing to Penn State and haven’t played in their last three games.
The 57-year-old’s new contract also didn’t offer a ton of long-term security, as it slashed his salary, easing Michigan’s financial burden if he wanted to fire him after the 2021 season.
By betting on himself, Harbaugh may have saved his tenure, and Monday’s move is another way for him to bolster his growing popularity.