Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel: Jim Harbaugh 'worth every penny that he makes'

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel says Jim Harbaugh is worth every single penny that the university pays for him after receiving a bump in salary that vaults him towards the top of college football.

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is one of the highest paid coaches in college football thanks to an addendum in his contract that will see his salary soar towards Nick Saban levels this season.

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel discussed the contract amendment in a roundtable discussion with reporters on Tuesday.

He believes it's a win-win for all parties involved.

"The structure of the way everything lined up, it's a win-win for both coach and the university," Manuel said. "Any time you get into negotiations of contracts, employment contracts and incentives, those kinds of things, whenever you can get to win-win in those situations where both sides feel great about where you are, that's what you look for. In this particular case, this was the way it was structured and I think it's a win-win for both Jim and the university."

What exactly makes the new contract a so-called win-in?

"I think the structure of it, the way it's structured for him and the way it's structured for both sides. It's got that balance that both sides appreciate," Manuel added."

Asked whether it bothers him that Harbaugh is considered one of the highest paid college coaches in the country, Manuel says that Harbaugh is worth every cent the University of Michigan pays him with the return of said investment speaking for itself.

"It doesn't bother me that he is that close to the top, I think he's worth everything that we pay him," Manuel said. "Happy to have him as our coach. I don't get into those details about how close he is or isn't, those kinds of things... I think Jim has proven that he brings tremendous benefit to this football program, to this benefit and to this university. I think he's worth every penny that he makes."

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