this guy evidently hired to work for AD
Both Henson and Moss (YTM) have for some reason become much more positive about Harbaugh in the last 15 minutes. Henson was already very positive but just went "way more positive" and Moss (who Brian did not shoot down as a source a few weeks ago) said "I was never convinced that Jim Harbaugh was coming here until about 15 minutes ago."
The "crowned one" says 8 years, 49 mil (6.125 a year) is the deal. That would make sense - puts him in the "top 5" of NCAA coaches (#2 behind Saban) as Brian reported he wishes. And a $1M+ bump vs NFL salary.
Some connection to the Moeller stuff but seems like something happened in addition in the last 15 minutes. The Moeller stuff has been going on for 48 hrs - it would be strange for that to be a "new" surprise to 2 guys focused so intently on this hire within a 15 minute time span.
Again, "edge of internet" so eat your salt.
EDIT 11:20 PM EST - more Henson rumor mongering is Harbaugh looking at DJ Durkin as DC. He is current interim coach of UF and served 2 years under Muschamp as DC. Connection to Harbaugh = special teams coach for Stanford in 07-09. 36 years old (!).
Durkin is a Youngstown (!) OH boy, who has tons of Midwest ties via Bowling Green, Notre Dame in 2001-2006 as a GA and position coach. Been at Florida since 2010.
He's enrolling early, so little chance we can steal him back once Harbaugh is hired.
I just realized that if Jim Harbaugh becomes Michigan's coach, I won't actually find out about it on MGoBlog.
The server will be in full meltdown mode as soon as the news hits. It could be the last we see of each other for months.
So if it happens, farewell in advance. Lives will change by then. People will move on, new people will come in. Milestones will be reached in the cycle of life - births, graduations, marriages, divorces, retirements, deaths.
MGrowOld will become even older and move to Florida. MGoBrewMom and Carlos SpicyWeiner will finally hook up. WD will get married and have kids who will attend Michigan. Brain will shave. Things will be different. They say you can never go back. The MGoBlog you wake up to that morning will not be the same MGoBlog that one day returns to you.
I did not want to live with the regret of not saying a proper goodbye. As each day passes, we get closer to that fateful day where we are all separated from each other, with no reunion date certain. It will be a bittersweet moment, but there can be no joy without some sadness as well. Such is life.
Au revoir, MGoBlog.
OT CC: SI - Hiring Coordinators without HC Experience Becoming More Rare, Partly due to Financial Gulf btw Big 5 and Rest
A good story via SI that might catch the interest of those who watch college football in general; it doesn't apply to UM obviously as we're getting Harbaugh (or Miles). In essence there has been massive wage inflation for highly coveted Big 5 coordinators - pushing their salaries well in advance of HC jobs in non power 5 conferences. Hence, a motivated coordinator often needs to take a step down (and a steep one) in salary in his first HC job at a non Big (i.e. Herman to Houston), to get to his eventual goal of being a Big 5 HC. Mentions the big drop in salary Malzahn took (for one year) and what Chad Morris and Herman (who at the time of the story was still employed at OSU) will take.
Also interesting, only 8 of the last 34 Big 5 jobs (23%) have been filled by non experienced coordinators. 3 of those 8 were internal promotions meaning only 5 of those 34 hires were coordinators from outside the program (<15%). So what was once very common is becoming increasingly rare - partially due to the changing economics (haves and have nots) of college football.
In December 2011, Gus Malzahn resigned from his position as Auburn’s offensive coordinator to take the head job at Arkansas State. The move made sense, as Malzahn hails from Arkansas and desired to start his career as a head coach.
But the decision also came with a decisive risk, one that more and more high-profile assistant coaches are facing as the financial gap widens between the Power 5 conferences and the rest of the college football. Malzahn took a $450,000 pay cut from his coordinator position at an SEC power to become a Sun Belt head coach. Malzahn bet big on himself and won, as he returned to Auburn a year later as head coach and now makes $3.85 million per year.
But his salary decrease in order to eventually further his career has become a common risk-reward proposition in an era where million-dollar coordinators are becoming common and the highest-paid MAC coach made slightly more than $500,000 last year.
The trend of coordinators facing the prospect of taking a pay cut for head jobs coincides with a dueling trend of Power 5 schools hiring fewer coaches that lack head coaching experience. In the past three hiring cycles, 26 of 34 coaches hired in the Power 5 had FBS or NFL head coaching experience. Of the eight coordinators that got a Power 5 job, three were promoted from within (Oregon’s Mark Helfrich, Syracuse’s Scott Shafer and Rutgers’ Kyle Flood). That means just five coordinators have been hired for the top jobs without college head coaching experience -- Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason, Kentucky’s Mark Stoops, Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury, Pittsburgh’s Paul Chryst and Penn State’s Bill O’Brien.
I now return you to your normally scheduled Jim Harbaugh 24/7 programming.