Michigan AD Wants To Keep Harbaugh, Beilein Until They Retire

"I love my coaches across the board, love those two guys in particular."

Will Burchfield
May 15, 2018 - 4:35 pm

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As long as Jim Harbaugh and John Beilein are coaching, Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel wants them in Ann Arbor. 

"I love my coaches across the board, love those two guys in particular. I'm extremely pleased with where we are from a staffing standpoint. Jim and John are two people that I would love to see retire at this institution (when they) retire from coaching," Manuel told reporters Tuesday at the Big Ten headquarters in Illinois, via the Free Press

Michigan is close to finalizing a new contract for Beilein, according to reports. The 65-year-old is currently signed through 2020-21 at $3.37 million per year, but Manuel said after Beilein led the Wolverines to the National Championship game this season that he wants to ensure the coach never leaves. 

The same goes for the 54-year-old Harbaugh, though there haven't been any serious extension talks to this point. 

"I don't want Jim to go anywhere either," Manuel said. "He's got four more years (on his deal) at this point, but Jim also knows how I feel about him. We've had great conversations and I don't want him to go anywhere either." 

Harbaugh made $7 million last season, making him the third highest-paid coach in the country behind Nick Saban and Dabo  Swinney. The Wolverines are 28-11 and have yet to finish higher than third in the Big Ten East in Harbaugh's three-year tenure. 

Beilein's salary last season ranked ninth nationally and third in the Big Ten, behind Chris Holtmann (Ohio State) and Tom Izzo. In 11 years on the job, he's led to Michigan a record of 248-143 plus two Big Ten regular season titles, two Big Ten Tournament titles and two national title game appearances.