The new coach (*** ********) will need to hit the ground running when it comes to recruiting.
We've currently got 6 commits, with 2 of those potentially soft commits. How many spots does that leave for the 2015 class?
I know this question is going to be asked 5 million times once the hire is announced, so I figured I may as well ask now so we can all be educated together. Yay.
Edit #1: Answer according to pearlw is 11 + any additonal transfers and/or 5th year players who do not return.
Keeping the CC: Harbaugh barrage going, but trying to find different angles of topics to discuss. This one's sort of a hpothetical/what-if with a dose of paranoia. My previous OP was accused of being paranoia about Les Miles but most commenters disagreed. But I'm telling you up front with this one: It's paranoia.
We've been discussing how the planets have been aligning for IT to HAPPEN: Coach Harbaugh on the outs with the 49ers, Brandon and Hoke crashing and burning, JH's NFL options looking less than clear-cut, with the only stay-in-California option being the wacky and woeful Raiders.
Another huge planet that has gotten in line this season is one that has been making me nervous throughout this CC, and no one has been talking about them: The 49ers' opponent this evening, the San Diego Chargers, and the fact that they do NOT appear to be in the mix of NFL coaching options.
I believe we should feel fortunate that this franchise is doing reasonably well, but it appears that their chances of making the playoffs are less than 50%, depending on how things shake out between the Ravens and Steelers. I'm not sure if SD completely controls its own destiny but they do have an opportinity to finish a strong 10-6. JH still has family there, coached and played there, and they have a good team ... but their above-par performance this season under Mike McCoy has kept them out of any CC discussion. Even the most expansive "coaches on the hot seat" lists don't mention McCoy, although there seems to be a lot of over-arching pressure on Rivers to join his draft classmates Eli and Big Ben as, at very least, a Super Bowl participant.
It seems unlikely that the Chargers would want to swap out McCoy, especially at such a high price of draft picks and the purported contract dollars being thrown around. They don't seem like big spenders and haven't been the big-coaching-splash types. Having said that, I'm rooting for them to make the playoffs (which may, coincidentally, require John Harbaugh's team to factor into the playoff implications) and remain completely off the radar from being a last-minute entrant in the sweepstakes.
Cue cats, monkeys, and cat-monkey rodeos.
I am very interested in hearing the reactions MgoUsers are getting from their non-Michigan friends/family in regards to Harbaughrama.
I live in the Tampa Bay area (work in St. Pete, live an hour south) and have been getting absolutely roasted for my belief that IT'S HAPPENING. The UF,FSU,UCF (lol) grads down here tell me there is zero chance we get Harbaugh/Stoops/Miles or anyone top tier because we have been "irrelevent" for many years.
I'm coming to you as a long time scroller and first time threat creator, so if this is a dumb topic, berate me for at least 30 minutes and then delete.
The sauce they are cooking at SBNation right now is basically a by-the-books reduction of what's been flapping around here for the past 2 weeks. They even included the tie situation:
Also, one comment on the page recommends that Harbaugh drops a mix-tape because nobody will ever see it coming. I tend to agree.
So, in summary, if you have been living under rock for the past 2 weeks, please read every link on that page ten times. Then you will be pretty much caught up.
Schiano (kidding people) - Anytime
Fitzgerald - Anytime
Whittingham - 20th
Graham - 27th
Golden - 27th
Harbaugh (A) - 28th
Stoops - 29th
Shaw - 30th
Miles - 30th
Mullen - 31st
Mora Jr. - 2nd
I don't want to go into the New Year's Eve party not knowing. That could make for a bad New Year's day.