If there is any doubt about Jim Harbaugh’s desire to stay in Michigan, he did everything he could to squash this week.
Harbaugh made his weekly appearance on the WXYT-FM morning show “Stony and Jason” on Tuesday in Detroit, and it was asked in vain: “Would you like to coach this football team next year when it comes to pushing?”
“Yes,” Harbaugh replied. “I do, yes.”
The comments come after Harbaugh told reporters Monday that questions about his future in Michigan have come up with potential people. The NCAA’s initial signing period for high school seniors begins Wednesday, ranking ninth nationally according to the Michigan Class 247 Sports Recruitment Service.
“I tell them, ‘My plan is to be firm in Michigan,'” Harbaugh said.
Both Harbaugh and Michigan Athletics Director Ward Manuel have said they plan to discuss a contract extension once Wolverine’s season is over. The team’s final regular season game is set for Saturday the 16th in Iowa (7pm, ESPN).
“Ward and I will sit down and talk about the current deal at the end of the season,” Harbaugh said Monday. “That’s the truth. That’s where it stands.”
Harbaugh is nearing the end of the sixth season of his original seven-year contract, which is set to pay him around $ 8 million by 2021. Despite being from Michigan, he is one of the highest paid college football coaches in the country. Between the 2-4 season and during his tenure without the Big Ten Championship.
“I said I loved this team so much,” Harbaugh said. “I mean, I like this team. They were very impressed with how they handled themselves; And how they handled a lot of suffering. ”
Still, things have gotten worse on the field. Continuous dislocation and early injuries have reduced Michigan to various levels, while an unsatisfactory game in the quarterback has affected offense.
Three straight losses followed a season-opening win in Minnesota, including a home loss to Wisconsin and a loss to Michigan State and first-year coach Mel Tucker. The latest win came almost three weeks ago, dropping a game for the previously undefeated Ben State.
“We’re still in it. We’m still in season,” Harbaugh continued. , They ‘re working hard, but we’re still in it.
If the game had been played on Saturday, it would have marked the final game of a delayed, interrupted and brief season for Michigan amid the COVID-19 epidemic. The team’s explosion prompted the Wolverines to cancel games against Maryland and Ohio, the latter forcing Big Ten to relax its rule, requiring teams to play six games to qualify for the league championship. As a result, Ohio State, ranked 5-0 and 4th in the college football playoff rankings, will play for a Big Ten Championship on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Harbaugh continues to face criticism from increasingly frustrated and impatient Michigan fans.
When asked about this on WXYT Radio this week, Harbaugh said: “I speak to a legion of fans. They have been very supportive. They like Michigan. We are on the same team. ”
Harbaugh continued: “I think they would really love it if they knew all of our players. They are inspiring. I’m inspired by them. We’ll continue to push. It continues today. It continues tomorrow and the next day, and until Saturday – and beyond.”
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