Old Notre Dame football rival looking to lock down coach long term

The next time Notre Dame football takes on Michigan, Jim Harbaugh could actually still be in Ann Arbor.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh walks on the field for a timeout against Iowa during the first half
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh walks on the field for a timeout against Iowa during the first half / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

Considering how long it's going to be until Notre Dame football faces off against longtime rival Michigan, no one really thought it would feature Marcus Freeman vs Jim Harbaugh. However, now there is at least a chance that could happen.

There are still many pieces that have to fit on the board in just the right way, but one of those pieces is shifting that direction. The news that broke on Sunday likely have Wolverines fans thinking they may be getting one heck of a Christas present.

According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, Michigan is attempting to end any speculation of Harbaugh going to the NFL in a big, big way. They've put a massive 10 year contract on the table.

If he were to take the deal, Harbaugh - whose current deal runs through 2026 - would be locked down for a long time. He'd also be one of the highest paid coaches in the sport. And, he'd be around to face off against Notre Dame football when the Irish and Wolverines do battle again in 2033.

Notre Dame football rival could get their coach for a long time

While the offer to Harbaugh is said to be upwards of $125 million, it apparently does also come with a pretty massive caveat. It's also a caveat that we've heard Michigan offer their embattled head coach before.

On the other hand, it doesn't seem to be one that he'd have a hard time accepting, if the Michigan coach is really dedicated to staying with the Wolverines for any length of time at all.

According to Rapoport, UM would want Harbaugh to not even entertain any offer from an NFL team for the 2024 season. The insider claims that is the only year he wouldn't be able to think about making the jump to the next level.

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Presumably, a move to the National Football League would include some sort of penalty. The next few days are going to be interesting to watch, even from the outside by Notre Dame football followers.