Bob Wojnowski, Angelique S. Chengelis and Matt Charboneau preview Week 2 games: Michigan vs. Western Michigan and Michigan State vs. Arizona State. The Detroit News


In the court of social media, Jim Harbaugh sure seems to be on the hot seat.

But the man who actually decides that laughed off the suggestion during a Detroit Economic Club forum at the Westin Book Cadillac on Wednesday.

"He is not on the hot seat," Michigan president Mark Schlissel said. "He is under contract for four more years."

Harbaugh and Michigan lost to Notre Dame, 24-17, in the season opener Saturday night in South Bend, Ind.

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With the loss, Michigan has lost 17 straight games against ranked teams on the road.

Still, Schlissel didn't sound too concerned about the Wolverines' 0-1 start.

“I joke with some of our coaches, who all expect to win a league every year and have a perfect record and the like,” Schlissel said. “It’s mathematically impossible for everyone to have a perfect record, after the first game anyway.

"So yes, it’s very competitive and it’s exciting.”

Harbaugh, 54, is in his fourth year as Michigan's head coach, and is 28-12 overall. He is under contract through December 2021, and makes an annual salary of $7 million.

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Schlissel said he has come to appreciate athletics since becoming Michigan president in 2014. He said the Notre Dame game allowed Michigan and Notre Dame to form a research collaboration to deal with the hurricane-relief effort in Puerto Rico.

“It plays a very powerful cultural role at all the universities,” Schlissel said of college athletics. “It keeps alumni connected.”

Michigan plays host to Western Michigan on Saturday.