Michigan Wolverines news: Jim Harbaugh gets a bag from Chargers, plus more

Former Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh got a huge contract from the Chargers, plus a Michigan Wolverines player enters the transfer portal.

Jan 9, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh during College Football
Jan 9, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh during College Football / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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We got some details on the contract given to former Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh and it was a five-year, $80 million deal that took him away from the Michigan Wolverines.

Michigan football did offer to make Jim Harbaugh the highest-paid coach in college football. The Wolverines also met his other demands -- even if they didn't do it right away. However, as Harbaugh said last weekend, there isn't a Lombardi Trophy in college football.

College football head coaches also don't tend to make $16 million per year and it's clear that whatever Michigan football offered Harbaugh, the Chargers would have offered more, just like they did with Ben Herbert.

That's actually great news for Harbaugh. The Chargers have had a long history of being cheap. It seems as though they are serious about winning a Super Bowl championship and with Harbaugh as their head coach, I wouldn't be shocked if they pulled it off.

As Harbaugh taught Michigan football fans these past few seasons: if there is a will, there's a way.

Michigan Wolverines lose a player to transfer portal

So far, Michigan has been able to avoid a mass exodus of players to the transfer portal. It's something to monitor though over the next few weeks and also in the spring portal window.

Michigan football has had a few guys enter the portal and another joined on Tuesday as Reece Atteberry, a former three-star offensive lineman who played just over 100 snaps last season, will enter the portal. He moved to defensive lineman for the Wolverines and will have two years left of eligibility.

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It will be interesting to see where Atteberry winds up and if he plays defense or offense at this next stop. But he just never truly emerged in Ann Arbor and hopefully he'll find a fit in the portal.