somehow we're only 124th
By the term "catching up", I use that term loosely, because in my opinion college has always been better to me, but as far as money that these big schools bring in. If we do lure Harbaugh to Ann Arbor, is there any chance that a trend starts? Could that be why we these NFL guys are so stubborn with their opinionated reporting? They all probably worked through the college ranks and on to the NFL because that's what the "main road" traveled was for so long.
But, let's face it. College Football is not what it was 30 years ago, and neither is the NFL. I know they bring in a lot more money, but they pay it out in contracts as well, which limits what they can / will be able to offer coaches.
Sorry to interupt any CC - laser tag talk
A far cry from the "no chance" talk we've been hearing from NFL folks.
A summary of things I thought were most interesting:
"49ers HC Jim Harbaugh’s family and friends have been encouraging him to take the Michigan HC job, but he is torn because his heart is in the NFL, per sources close to the situation."
He'll wait to make a decision until after the 49ers last game, and the 49ers "getaway day" on Monday, December 29.
Mrs. Harbaugh is open to going to Ann Arbor if it's what Jim wants.
- Jim is not concerned by the notion of college recruiting because he did well with it at Stanford.
I'm still feeling 50-50 on this.
Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation." Don't be resigned to that. Break out!
I have been trying my damnedest not to get my hopes up for Harbaugh. Repeating to myself "it's not such a big deal, there are plenty of good coaches out there." But the internet got me. I am bursting with hope. I have Harbaugh fever, and there is no cure. If we do not get him now, I will weep like 2 year old. Probably for days. And you?
I tried to embed this and followed the directions to a T but got iframe instead of Flash and well, you'll just have to click through. If someone more adept than me wants to embed this, I would much appreciate it.
I can't find a video clip on ESPN's web site, probably because it was a very short interview clip, but Les Miles was "live" on SportsCenter last night. This may have gotten mentioned in one of the threads but I thought it was worthy of an OP.
It was odd that he was even on since LSU is only going to the Music City Bowl, but they got his take on bowl preparation and his thoughts on the playoff selection committee. Then, he was asked about Michigan and the interviewer didn't really pry much — just let him fire off a canned response and let him go.
Again, wish I had video and maybe someone else on the board can fill in the blanks, but it went something like...
"I think they're doing a great job and I like the process they have going right now. It's a wonderful place, and they deserve a great coach." The "Wonderful place" term was used in his press conference in 2007 that also featured "this damn fine football team" and "have a great day."
So reading into that, "I like their process" could mean a number of things.
- He's been privvy to the way it's been going, or he's at least been paying attention.
- He likes who they're going after.
- He likes the reported offer amount, knowing that he may be next in line(?)
The whole thing seemed like his handlers asked ESPN if he could go on the air and they obliged, and he laid out some statements that set him up to seem still interested and a logical second choice, without coming anywhere near saying as much. We've seen Miles make warm-hearted comments about Michigan before, but it was a bit surreal hearing them right now, in the eye of the hurricane of this coaching search with so much secretive speculation blowing about him as well.
THEN AGAIN, taking the maize colored glasses off this could just be an affirmation of what he told reporters off the record the other day, and he's just wanting to make sure public perception is that he's staying put. However I did not hear "I am not interested" in that segment.
Anyone else catch that last night? Again, hoping to find video...