Michigan's Jim Harbaugh, Juwan Howard among employees to take 10% pay cut

Orion Sang
Detroit Free Press

Due to expense reduction initiatives aimed at lowering the operating budget of Michigan's athletic budget, athletic director Warde Manuel, football coach Jim Harbaugh and men's basketball coach Juwan Howard will accept 10% salary reductions from Aug. 1 through the end of the fiscal year.

The reductions were announced Monday night shortly after Michigan's Board of Regents voted to approve the 2021 fiscal year budget, after the budget was initially voted down during last Thursday's meeting.

Manuel, Harbaugh and Howard are among the "senior-level administrators" and "many head coaches" who will accept the 10% pay-cut.

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Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh on the field before action against Ohio State on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, at Michigan Stadium.

According to a release from the athletic department, "full-time staff members earning between $50,000-$100,000 will have salaries reduced by five percent, and employees earning between $100,001-$150,000 will have wages reduced by 7.5 percent during the same period. Staff earning less than $50,000 will not see any reduction in pay."

A decision has yet to be made on compensation for assistant coaches making more than $100,000, and the athletic department is "working through" a resolution and "conversations are ongoing" on that matter, a U-M spokesman said. 

The athletic department projected a $26.1 million deficit for the upcoming fiscal year (which begins July 1) based on operating revenues of $135.8 million and projected expenses of $161.9 million.

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Harbaugh was slated to earn $8.05 million this year, based on the terms of his contract obtained by the Free Press through the Freedom of Information Act.

Howard was scheduled to earn $2.1 million in Year 2 of his five-year contract signed a year ago.

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