Michigan instituted pay cuts of between 5% and 10% for most employees in 2020 in the first year of the pandemic, according to the Detroit Free Press. Harbaugh’s popularity rating was already doing well among Wolverines loyalists following his victory over Ohio State on Saturday, but the move should earn him even more goodwill among the fanbase.
“Whether it’s people who work here in football or the ticket service or baseball coaches… the past 18 months,” Harbaugh said, according to the Detroit News.
Harbaugh also suffered a pay cut recently. Michigan announced a new contract for the 57-year-old coach in January that pays Harbaugh about $ 4 million a year, about half of what he previously earned. The new contract came after a 2-4 season for Michigan in 2020, which was Harbaugh’s sixth season.
Harbaugh’s seventh season was a record-breaking season for the program under Harbaugh, who played quarterback for the Wolverines in the 1980s. At 11-1 and with their first win over Ohio State since 2011, Michigan is on the verge of securing a spot in the college football playoffs with a win over the Hawkeyes in Saturday’s conference title game.