Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is the highest paid college football coach in the country, ahead of Alabama’s Nick Saban. And Paul Finebaum doesn’t agree with that.
Appearing on SportsCenter Thursday afternoon, the ESPN radio personality said Harbaugh was overpaid based on what he’s accomplished, and that the Wolverines coach should “try winning a championship” first.
“What has he done?” Finebaum asked. “He doesn’t have what I would consider a signature win. He hasn’t beaten his rival yet. It’s $9 million, and quite frankly it’s a lot of money and I don’t think he’s worth it.”
Harbaugh will make just over $9 million in salary in 2016, more than $2 million more than Saban, the nation’s second-highest paid coach.
But while Saban has beaten rivals like Tennessee, Auburn and LSU, as well as won national championships, Finebaum pointed out that Harbaugh has yet to beat his team’s biggest rivals in Ohio State and Michigan State, let alone win a title.
“I don’t think he’s worth $9 million until he actually wins something,” Finebaum said.
Last year was Harbaugh’s first at Michigan. He is 17-3 since the start of the 2015 season. Before Michigan, he coached the San Francisco 49ers to three straight NFC Championship Game appearances from 2011-2013, and a Super Bowl appearance after the 2012 season.