This article discusses the upcoming "Black Monday" where the fate of many NFL head coaches on the hot seat will be known. I find this article interesting in that it's one of the few NFL based articles to acknowledge UM as the likely destination for Harbaugh. His candidacy at UM is discussed in the section discussing candidates and Oakland, and is predominately written as if Harbaugh will say no to OAK.
Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech - Does anyone care? If we had beaten Maryland, would anyone have gone?
Which tradition do you think Jim and his family celebrated over the last couple of weeks?
The Harboughs were raised Catholic, but I have a hard time imagining Jim wishing some one a Merry Christmas or good tidings. My money is on Festivus. I have to imagine that he would love the Airing of Grievances and Feats of Strength. Those sound like the igredients of a typical 49ers practice or film session. Lastly, there are things known as Festivus miracles. I'd say that what he has done with SDSU, Stanford and the 49ers are all Festivus miracles. Before this year, his schedule in December at the 49ers is 11-3.
Coincidence? I think not.
Festivus for the rest of us? Thoughts?
The Twitter account previously found at @ThoseWhoStay7 has made its return to Twitter, although it no longer resembles its former self. It is now known as @MaizeAndBlue14, and the name that is listed is "Teddy Blanks". All previous tweets have been deleted.
I know it is the same account because it has me already following him on my personal account without having done anything, having picked up where I left off with ThoseWhoStay7. I would assume many of you will find that you are already following him as well.
I'm not sure if this is a good sign, a bad sign, or no sign at all (probably no sign at all). Thankfully, we are at the point now where we are no longer relying on his oddly extremely connected reports for info, as nearly all actual reporters are now on the Harbaugh-to-Michigan bandwagon.
Hopefully just a few more days of this nonsense.
Was doing some thinking during this slow news time frame about how the coaching search would have went if UM had made a meaningless bowl by beating Maryland. I think in the end this would have been a disaster IF Hoke had not been fired immediately after the regular season. Shades of the end of RR regime stalk my head in this regard. We keep a lame duck coach around to save some buyout money and that extra month that could have been devoted to landing JH instead was spent on Josh Groban and preparing to get slaughted by cow bells.
Obviously we have a very large singular target A and from all indications, the Harbaughs and Hoke are quite close (esp John). Hackett said he would not make a decision on Hoke until "after the season". He might have been very tactical in his choice of words - or he may have really meant it and his end of season was the bowl. If literal there seems no way Harbaugh would even sniff negotiations with UM until after Hoke was released which probably would have happened after a bowl in the next few days. At which point the 49ers season would be ending and we'd be in a free for all with NFL teams starting from ground zero. Again this is from reading between the lines and from guys like Henson who say Harbaugh would not speak to UM in any manner about coaching (even back channel, agents, etc) as long as Hoke was employed.
Instead we've had (insert # of weeks based on what reports you believe) all to ourselves with the coaching position open and hence no roadblock.
My other thought is in a parallel universe if we made a bowl, and Hackett wanting the big fish he might have used the vague language of "after the season" as an excuse to fire Hoke after OSU. If that is what it took to go after Jim, I think that would be the logical thing to do but as we've seen the last 7 years a lot of illogical things have happened. In that scenario you just promote Nuss to interim for a month and then everything else works out as it otherwise is doing.
Obviously none of us are privy to Hackett's thoughts but what is your opinion on what would have unfolded if we had made a bowl?