The Michigan Wolverines haven’t been shy about compensating head coach Jim Harbaugh handsomely, to the point where he supplanted Alabama’s Nick Saban as the highest-paid coach in the country this season. Now, it appears that the school in Ann Arbor will also be employing both of the highest-paid assistant coaches in the Big Ten for 2017.
Earlier in the week, defensive coordinator Don Brown reportedly inked a massive, seven-figure contract to head the defense for the next several years, becoming the conference’s first million-dollar assistant. On Tuesday evening, Michigan doubled down on help for Harbaugh, as Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports brought word that offensive coordinator Tim Drevno also earned a five-year contract at $1 million annually.
The Wolverines did lose passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch to UCLA, but keeping Drevno is a huge win for Harbaugh. Drevno followed Harbaugh from San Diego to Stanford and to the San Francisco 49ers before coming to Michigan and the improvements offensively at Michigan have been stark. Harbaugh is often credited for his phenomenal work with quarterbacks, but Drevno is a piece of that puzzle and one that should be highly valued by his current employer.
Michigan loses a lot of talent on the offensive side of the ball, headlined by tight end Jake Butt, both starting wide receivers and two starting offensive lineman. However, keeping that coaching continuity should help to ease the transition and, with how Michigan has been recruiting, things should be just fine