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Michigan, Jim Harbaugh working on 'lifetime contract,' report says

Sporting News logo Sporting News 11/22/2017 Marcus DiNitto

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Michigan and football coach Jim Harbaugh are working toward a lifetime contract, Fox Sports analyst Brady Quinn said Tuesday on Fox Sports Radio.

A lifetime deal between a coach and a college football program would be unprecedented in the sport, according to FootballScoop.com.

“I talked to someone who’s kind of an insider within that program, and we had a long, drawn-out conversation,” Quinn said. “What he told me was that they’re working on a lifetime contract. I swear to you, that was his words.

“I kind of pressed him on it and said, ‘Really?! A lifetime deal? What would that even look like?’ He couldn’t give me the particulars, but he said that’s one of the things they are talking about. That’s how confident, that’s how good they feel about Jim Harbaugh and how glad they are to have him there. So maybe that’s something Harbaugh wants.”

You can listen to the audio here.

Harbaugh, who’s in his third year at Michigan, received a raise after his first season and makes $7 million annually. The school also pays a $2 million life insurance premium on behalf of the coach in the form of a retention bonus every December.

The Wolverines went 10-3 in each of Harbaugh’s first two seasons at the helm and sit at 8-3 and in fourth place in the Big Ten East ahead of Saturday’s home game against rival Ohio State.

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