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So, the general consensus around these parts seems to be "OMMGGGGG DOOOOOOM NOOOO HARBAUGH!!!!", which I don't entirely agree with. I have tried to avoid the CC topic and I have now failed myself and am contributing. What I dont get is why so many people seem to think that we have to make a change if don't wind up with Harbaugh. The last time I checked RR had not been fired yet and there seems to be some good defensive coaches out there for the picking.
Secondly, People seemto be forgetting that Urban Meyer has just become available. I will be willing to bet my bottom dollar that after a year off from football and a year of family time he will be dying to get back on coaching scene. So what do we do? We give RR that 4th year and if we see the epic turnaround on defense we all hope for and out offense is that much better than hooray! If it doesnt, what do we do? We go make Urban Meyer the highest paid coach in the country to come out of retiement. Urban runs a spread and would bring instant appeal to recruiting, you know since he's one a couple MNC's and what not.
Lastly, whoever is the coach at Michigan I will fully support until he is no longer our coach. If RR is fired I will be greatful to him for the victories and the amount of effort he has put into this program and whomever the next guy may be, as soon as announced, he will gain my full support. Go Blue and I cannot wait for the dust to settle.
For one, he isn't a moron and i\even if he does have a brain fart his agent will not let him leave 2.5 Mill on the table.
Even if he wants to go to Pitt (or UConn), he will keep his mouth shut, get fired, pick up his check and THEN sign on with the Big Least where he will no doubt start owning fools like he used to. Just because MSM idiots who have zero understanding of contracts suggest something, it doesn't mean it is a viable option.
Everyone running around like it's the final act of Animal House need to get a grip. We have a coach under contract. That coach has 22 returning starters. We have a cake schedule in 2011.
I've been hearing all this whining. He can't come back now? He looked defeated. Why not? He's almost has his recruting class completed and he's already at work. You know how he'll show up for work? He'll get up and drive over and start working and in a week this will all be over and people will be worrying about who's visiting for the Kansas basketball game and then it will be signing day.
Then all the fans that gave up will start hearing that T. Lewan is now lifting houses over his head and that M. Jones is looking like the next coming of D. Jones and the secondary is looking good and people will get excited again. The Spring Game will come and F. Toussiant will bust a couple of big runs and we'll say D. Hart who?
Soon enough it will be August again and it will be time for put up or shut up, but it's going to be fine.
All this Harbaugh talk is boring. What if Harbaugh says no? Is Venables on the radar? Cuz this guy has been a DC for a long time. I'm surprised he hasn't been tapped as a coach, and he's a defensive minded coach, which is what Michigan should try. Clearly the Offensive minded coach thing isn't working out like excepted.
As much as everyone seems to throw Brady Hoke under the bus, he is a legitimate candidate for the hypothetical coaching vacancy.
In 2008, he took bottom-dweller Ball State to an undefeated MAC record and national ranking
In 2010, he turned around a mediocre San Diego State team into a solid season including a bowl win with completely understandable and close losses to TCU, Utah, and Mizzou.
In 2011, he would unite the fractured fan base which has created huge program perception problems.
Although Harbaugh is clearly the #1 option, I think there are too many influential alumni/former players who would not support any candidate without ties to the Bo-tree. This vaults Hoke over the Randy Shannons of the world.