Mike Lantry, 1972
We all wanted Harbaugh. But we can't have this one, at least not for three or five years (hint: he's the one in the middle):
But lest we forget, as Yoda said, there is another:
His resume isn't too shabby either, and there has already been plenty of discussion about his current assistant coaches, noted "Michigan Men": Cam Cameron (OC), Greg Mattison (DC), and Andy Moeller (Assistant to the OL Coach).
If the Ravens manage to lose at KC today, that will leave Harbaugh with a 3-3 postseason record in his three years at Baltimore, and will end this promising season on quite a sour note.
Should that get him fired? Probably not. But it might get him to think about other possibilities; remember RichRod bolted immediately after a hugely disappointing loss. And living in Baltimore is not quite like living in the Bay Area/SF - Ann Arbor may seem like a nice upgrade.
Anyhow, here's to wishful thinking, and a big KC win to pave the way for "a" Harbaugh (if not "the" Harbaugh) to come home.
Random aside: in reading a bit about John Harbaugh, I came across this article. It had the following interesting quote:
“Did we take a chance by hiring John? My belief is that you have to be willing to do things the masses don’t, or you’ll never separate yourself from the masses,” stated team owner Steve Bisciotti. “We’re totally confident we picked the right person.”
The quote is included because it made me sad. On the other hand, hiring Hoke is not somebody anyone else seems to want, so we've got that going for us.
Does the new "I didn't know" exception apply if the rule you violate was put into effect because of you?
Someone call George Costanza...but seriously do you remember when it seemed like Greg Schiano turned us down?????? Since then he has played on Thursday night and been stung left and right by no one and anyone.
He was scared of THE BIG SHOW.
K Matt Goudis told me he's committed for now, but will be visiting Miami next weekend the 14th.
Dallas Crawford told me tonight that Michigan still leads. There is a rumor that he might be visiting Miami soon too. Michigan hiring Les Miles would help with Dallas.
I also spoke with Kris Frost tonight. He said he talked to one of the Auburn coaches this evening, and is expecting a phone call tomorrow from Gene Chizik. The phone call tomorrow will be when he finds out if Auburn accepts his commitment or not.
He said he was really upset when Michigan decided to fire Rich Rodriguez. He also said it's looking like Michigan may be out of it completely. The coaching change took a lot out of him, and he's not sure where they stand right now. It's obviously tough for Michigan because no one can call him right now to talk him out of it. We'll see what happens.
I saw the post about Chip Kelly and I thought I had a duty to bring up my unique and just as plausible candidate for the head coaching job. Let's face it, we're looking for two things in a new coach: wins and Michigan beating OSU. What better candidate than someone who knows the series, had a TON of success in getting Michigan to beat OSU, and won a ton of games. Of course, I'm talking about John Cooper.
Now a lot of you naysayers will demand a "Michigan Man" and say that a head coach for OSU is basically the devil incarnate. I think you're ignorant on the first count and right on the second--but hear me out.
John Cooper won 70% of his Big 10 games at OSU, and Michigan was a staggering 9-2-1 in games he coached (75%!). I'll take three out of four and run with it. Furthermore, he coached series luminaries like Joe Germaine and Ryan Miller.
The evidence clearly points to him being a great caretaker hire until Harbaugh gets fired by the 49ers in three seasons because he doesn't have a great QB.