Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh answers questions about playing Iowa, and what he says when recruits ask about his contract status. Filmed Dec. 14, 2020.
Detroit Free Press
UPDATE: Jim Harbaugh’s contract extension is official.
Jim Harbaugh’s next defensive coordinator could come directly from his brother’s NFL staff.
A source told the Free Press on Friday that Baltimore Ravens linebackers coach Mike Macdonald has emerged as a prime candidate to be the next Michigan footballdefensive coordinator, replacing Don Brown, who was dismissed last month.
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The source requested anonymity because they were not allowed to speak publicly about the job search.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Macdonald plans to accept the job at U-M once the Ravens’ run in the playoffs ends.
Macdonald, 33, has worked under Harbaugh’s brother, John, for the last seven years in Baltimore while carrying out different roles — starting as a defensive assistant before moving to secondary coach and then his current position.
He last worked in the college ranks in 2013 at Georgia, where he was a safeties and defensive quality control coach for three years.
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The source said Harbaugh has been actively addressing personnel moves within his staff as he holds an offer for a contract extension that includes a lower base salary and heavy incentives.
Harbaugh has yet to finalize the new deal as he enters the last year of his current pact on Monday.
AL.com reporter Matt Zenitz was first to report the interest in Macdonald.
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