Jim Harbaugh led the Michigan Wolverines to one of the biggest wins in the school’s history on Saturday, and he’s taking a home a giant bonus because of it.
Per Steve Berkowitz of USA Today, Harbaugh received a $500,000 bonus by helping the Wolverines clinch a berth in a Big Ten Championship game next weekend. Harbaugh will pocket home an extra $1 million if the Wolverines are victorious in that contest.
Berkowitz added that if Harbaugh and the Wolverines reach the four-team College Football Playoff National Championship, he’ll take home $300,000 more.
One of the most highly-anticipated regular season games in history saw the No. 3 ranked Wolverines visit their archrivals, the No. 2 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, at Ohio Stadium on Saturday. Michigan trailed 20-17 at halftime but outscored the home team 28-3 in the second half en route to a pivotal 45-23 victory.
Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy completed 12 of 24 pass attempts for 263 yards and two touchdowns in the win. But Michigan’s MVP f the game was undoubtedly running back Donovan Edwards, who racked up 216 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on 22 carries.
Though Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud pieced together a quality stat line (31 completions, 349 yards and and two touchdowns) he did throw a pair of costly interceptions in the loss. The Buckeyes were also crushed by penalties, committing nine fouls for a whopping 91 yards.
Saturday’s monumental victory also marked Michigan’s first road win against Ohio State since 2000. Sunday will mark one year since the Wolverines also defeated the Buckeyes 42-27 at Michigan Stadium.
Harbaugh left the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers after a disappointing 8-8 season in 2014. The 2011 Coach of the Year returned to the collegiate level by taking the Wolverines’ head coaching position in 2015, and he’s been worthy every penny.