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WATCH: Jim Harbaugh shares why he gave contract bonuses to Michigan staffers, coaches

Jim Harbaugh Orange Bowl media Zoom
Posted at 11:20 AM, Dec 30, 2021

MIAMI — Jim Harbaugh was asked about giving back money from his contract bonuses to other Michigan coaches and staffers.

He said people have been appreciative.

"Bo Schembechler has a saying here at Michigan: 'Those who stay will be champions.' It's always resonated with me,'" he said.

Harbaugh said he plans to distribute any bonus money he receives this season to athletic department employees whose pay was cut during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Whether it's folks that work here in football or our ticket department, baseball coaches...so many people that my wife has gotten very close to, (our) kids have, really just our family contribution to those who have had some financial strain through the past 18 months," said Harbaugh on his radio show earlier this month.

Harbaugh's contract includes $500,000 bonuses for winning the Big Ten East Division and reaching the College Football Playoff, and $1 million bonuses for winning a Big Ten championship and a CFP National Championship.