Michigan has rescinded a contract offer that would have made coach Jim Harbaugh the highest paid in the Big Ten, the Wall Street Journal first reported Sunday evening.
NEW: Michigan rescinded a contract offer that would have made Jim Harbaugh the highest-paid coach in the Big Ten in the wake of sign-stealing allegations in the football program.
— Rachel Bachman (@Bachscore) October 29, 2023
This news comes in the wake of the NCAA’s ongoing investigation into Michigan for alleged sign-stealing.
Jim Harbaugh has been Michigan’s head coach since 2015 and currently has an 82-25 overall record and is 56-17 in the Big Ten.
Since the start of the 2021 season, Michigan is 30-3 overall and 22-1 in the conference, with consecutive Big Ten championships and College Football Playoff appearances under its belt. Currently, Michigan’s 8-0 No. 2 in the country. But this scandal has dominated Michigan football talk for well over a week now.
This past Friday, ESPN’s Dan Murphy reported that suspended Michigan staffer Connor Stalions compensated at least one person to record future opponents with “a couple of hundred dollars and a ticket to a Michigan home game.”
The source who spoke to ESPN said he attended the Oct. 14 game between UMass and Penn State but stayed for a half due to the pouring rain, and the compensation was not worth staying.
“I only stayed a half of the pouring rain, and they were playing UMass,” he said. It didn’t pay well enough so I was like, yeah I’m not staying here.”
The source is the first person who has come to any news outlet about the scandal, he told ESPN, and no investigators have approached him yet.
Penn State will host Michigan on Nov. 11 at Beaver Stadium.
There will surely be more breaking news relating to the Michigan situation between now and then.
Nittany Sports Now will be keeping everybody posted on the latest developments.