3 items on Michigan Football’s Christmas wishlist

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It’s a yearly tradition and on Christmas Day, we break down the Christmas wishlist for Michigan football and its fans. 

Merry Christmas, everyone, especially all you fellow Michigan football fans out there. It’s been a great year to be a Wolverine and not just on the football field.

Let’s not forget, as I’m sure none of you have, that Michigan is not only the Big Ten champion in football but also the reigning champion in basketball too, with the national coach of the year in both sports.

It’s been a wild ride. Last Christmas, we were asking for Jim Harbaugh to get a contract extension, because, at this time a year ago, his future was still unsettled.

Now, Harbaugh has led Michigan football to a 12-1 record, a win over Ohio State, a Big Ten East title, and a Big Ten championship, as well as earning a playoff berth.

Just a few weeks after Christmas a year ago, Harbaugh signed his new incentive-laden contract and in his first year, he basically reached all the incentives, although there are still a few more to be achieved in the College Football Playoff if the Wolverines keep winning.

Now, with everything in mind, we get back to our Christmas wishlist for Michigan football and its fans at the end of 2021 and going into 2022.

Give Jim Harbaugh another contract extension, a real one this time

Warde Manuel is certainly working on this and I’m sure once this run is over, he will hammer out an extension with Jim Harbaugh, but it needs to happen.

After the best season Michigan football has had since 1997, Harbaugh shouldn’t be paid as one of the worst coaches in the Big Ten. He sacrificed and took less money because he was eager to prove himself and he has.

Harbaugh deserves to get paid what Mel Tucker, Brian Kelly, Lincoln Riley, and many other big names got paid this offseason. He’s achieved more than Mel and at least as much as the others.

Yes, it’s only been one season, but consider this has been Harbaugh’s fourth 10-win season in Ann Arbor and the third that’s ended with a major bowl game.

Outside of the COVID year in 2020, his worst record has been 8-5, and now more than ever, Michigan football is trending up. So to quote Teddy KGB from the classic movie Rounders, “Pay him. Pay that man his money.”