Athletic director wants John Beilein, Jim Harbaugh to finish careers at Michigan

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

Rosemont, Ill. — Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel is happy with his coaches and hopes his two with the highest profile — Jim Harbaugh and John Beilein — aren’t going anywhere.

Speaking at the Big Ten’s spring meetings on Tuesday, Manuel said he hopes his football and men’s basketball coaches finish their careers with the Wolverines.

“I love my coaches across the board and I love those two guys, in particular,” Manuel said. “But I’m extremely pleased with where we are from a staffing, coaching standpoint. Jim and John are two people that I would love to see retire from this institution.”

On Monday, Beilein said he and Manuel have already discussed a contract extension and said to “stay tuned.” It comes a little more than a month after Beilein led the Wolverines to the national championship game for the second time in five years.
Manuel on Tuesday confirmed those discussions are taking place.

“Great conversation,” Manuel said. “Need to put some things and finalize some stuff, but great conversation. I think he said, ‘stay tuned,’ and I would echo that comment.”
Beilein, 65, signed a two-year contract extension in November 2015, and is under contract through 2021. Michigan pays him $3.37 million annually, which made him the ninth-highest paid coach in college basketball this past season.

Beilein is 248-143 in 11 years at Michigan, winning two Big Ten regular-season titles and two Big Ten tournament titles while reaching the Final Four twice.

Manuel was asked if there has been any talk of extending Harbaugh’s deal but said there is nothing in the works. Harbaugh, 54, is set to enter Year 4 of his original contract that paid him $5 million each season. However, that increased by $2 million in 2016 after a life insurance policy was added, bringing his total annual compensation to $7.004 million after bonuses. That ranks third-highest in the nation behind Alabama’s Nick Saban and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney.

“I don’t want Jim to go anywhere either,” Manuel said. “He has four more years (on his contract) at this point. But Jim also knows how if feel about him. We’ve had great conversations and I don’t want him to go anywhere either.”

Harbaugh’s current contract expires in 2021. In four seasons, he’s compiled a 28-11 record but has yet to finish higher than third place in the Big Ten East.