Michigan Wolverines news: NFL could double Jim Harbaugh's salary, plus more

Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh could have his salary doubled if he leaves the Michigan Wolverines, plus more in our news roundup.

Sept. 23, 2023: Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh waits to take the field before a 31-7 win over Rutgers.
Sept. 23, 2023: Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh waits to take the field before a 31-7 win over Rutgers. / Kirthmon F. Dozier / USA TODAY NETWORK

It's starting to feel like Jim Harbaugh is going to leave Michigan football for the NFL. Some believe it could happen this week.

While there was an interview with the Atlanta Falcons, it seems like the Chargers are the bigger threat. They are interviewing GM candidates and if LA hires Ed Dodds, a guy with ties to the Michigan Wolverines head coach, it would be a sign that the Chargers are serious.

There is a report from Sam Webb of The Michigan Insider that the Chargers could be looking at doubling his salary. Bill Belichick made $20 million last season and there were a few head coaches north of $15 million, so it would make sense for Jim Harbaugh to be in that range.

Money has never felt like the deciding factor for Jim Harbaugh. But the Michigan football head coach has always responded to those who "show him the love." Maybe the Chargers are doing that more than the Michigan Wolverines.

At the end of the day, I don't believe that though. I'm not saying that Michigan has offered everything Jim wants. There could be more money for assistants, more support for NIL, etc. But I'm not sure how those things work their way into Harbaugh's contract.

It's always been my opinion that Harbaugh did what he came to Michigan football to do. He got the Michigan Wolverines back among the elite of college football, and frankly, the man overachieved. I was hoping Michigan would win the Big Ten and beat Ohio State. Truly, a national title seemed beyond reach of this program.

Jim Harbaugh did the unthinkable and if the itch to go to the NFL is that strong, he should go and allow Michigan football to move on with Sherrone Moore. I'm praying the Michigan Wolverines can keep Ben Herbert and according to Chris Balas, that's a possibility. But nothing is certain.

Just brace yourself for the end of the Jim Harbaugh era because it could be coming as soon as this week, although as we have said so many times, nobody really knows anything.

Future Michigan football RB shines at Polynesian Bowl

Micah Kaapana is one of the Michigan Wolverines signees in the 2024 class and he's one of the most underrated. The three-star running back from Bishop Gorman High School averaged nearly 10 yards per carry in high school. He's ranked 507th overall according to the 247 Sports composite rankings, but he's taking part in the Polynesian Bowl this week and is turning heads according to 247 Sports:

"The speedy running back celebrated his birthday with an impressive workout for Team Mauka, slicing and dicing his way to big gains and also reeling in a huge 20-yard catch on a wheel route that would have gone for a score in a live setting. The Michigan signee has tremendous burst and explosiveness, showing good patience to allow lanes to open before darting through traffic. The Wolverines are adding another standout athlete to their running back room."


With Donovan Edwards and Kalel Mullings both returning for next season, along with returners Cole Cabana and Benjamin Hall, the Michigan Wolverines running back room is going to be stout. Jordan Marshall is a top-100 signee at running back and when you add Kaapana to the mix, the future is very bright at running back for Michigan football.