I came across a really cool article from 2011 written about the Harbaugh family that also sheds some light on their relationship with Hoke and Mattison. I'm sure most of you already knew Hoke worked for Jack at WMU but still there are some nice stories in the article. Here is 1 of them
". Turned out Hoke's wife, Laura, was in labor -- three months early. Harbaugh rushed to University Hospital in Kalamazoo and sat in the waiting room with Brady's and Laura's mothers. "Jack Harbaugh took charge," Hoke says. "But that's just the person he is. He's tough, but he had a great personal side to him." Kelly Hoke was born that night, weighing 1 pound, 14 ounces. With Hoke stranded in Fort Wayne, Harbaugh was one of the first people to see Kelly. "You could hold her in the palm of your hand and her little hands and arms were hanging down," Harbaugh remembers. For the next 19 years, whenever Valentine's Day rolled around, Jack Harbaugh placed a call to Kelly Hoke, wishing her a Happy Birthday. Hoke never forgot it."
Plenty of other Michigan related stories in the article and worth a read if this stuff is new to you like it was for me.
A great article by The Wolverine with a nice story in it.
A few years later Harbaugh was Schembechler's quarterback, starting in 1984. The Wolverines beat No. 1 Miami, Fla., but Harbaugh broke his arm against Michigan State and was lost for the year. Schembechler later recalled visiting Harbaugh in the hospital after the 19-7 loss. He was leaving the room when Harbaugh, tears in his eyes, called him back in.
"Hey Bo?" he said. "Don't forget about me, okay?"
Schembechler, a bit choked up himself, responded, "Now Jim … how am I going to forget about you?"
He didn't, of course. Harbaugh was back the next year to lead the Wolverines to their special season.
Schembechler isn't around to say, 'hey Jim - don't forget about me, okay?' And he wouldn't anyway, according to some of his former players. He'd probably fly out to San Francisco, put his finger in Harbaugh's chest and tell to get his @#$ home.
Harbaugh to Michigan would be one of the greatest college coaching hiring feats ever and Miles to Michigan would definitely be one of the big ten biggest hires ever. Will Hackett be given the permanent job if he pulls it off or will people still be leary of him given that he is a CEO like you know who? How much would we be willing to deal with coaching endowments and advertisements to help pay for caoching salaries in the future if Hackett continues down Brandon's road in that area?
If this has been posted somewhere on the board or front page in one of the hyperlinks feel free to delete mods, I missed it.
Always have been struck how few commericals Tom has been in compared to Manning. Probably he wants to limit his associations ahead of his 2034 Presidential run.
Will post the video in embed in post 1.
Good thing we can laugh at ourselves. We can laugh at ourselves, can't we??
Roussel, who most people give a pass in terms of being relatively legit, has Nebraska focusing all attention on 1 and only 1 candidate - Big Bert himself.
If you can't beat Wiscy...join em. Fascinating stuff if valid. Would up the stakes in what is turning into a cool Big 10 West rivalry. Makes sense from the AD relationship angle and ability to get to the Rose Bowl.
Bert has a $2.5M buyout that drops to $2M by Jan 1.
Since last night I have spoken with a number of connections and the feeling in the profession is that Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst seems to have a very short list – perhaps with only one name on it. Sources have told me he isn’t taking calls from coaches trying to get themselves involved. He doesn’t appear to be building a list. He sounds like he is locked in.
Update - Per sources, Nebraska is targeting Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and is in serious talks with him. Eichorst and Bielema has an extensive relationship from their time at Wisconsin (Eichorst served as Wisconsin’s second-in-command from 2006-11) and from what we hear this got serious quick. More to come…