A few minutes ago during the Boca Raton Bowl telecast, Desmond Howard was asked my his booth-mate when Michigan will fill their coaching vacancy.
He responded with, "Prooably about this time next week."
That's an interesting timeline :)
According to Chris Balas tweet, Harbaugh will simply be fired, and not attempted to be traded.
This is good news for UM, yes?
EDIT: Thanks to BeatOSU_52 for the screengrab of the tweet mentioned
My parents live about 20 minutes north of Ann Arbor, and I just talked to them. Apparently one of their friends is a Real Estate agent that has very recently been showing some extremely high end houses to a "Mrs. Harbaugh." I am still not going to be convinced until it's a done deal, but the stars seem to be aligning at this point... (crosses fingers and prays...)
MOD EDIT - I initially took this down, but you know, it's pretty funny. We'll keep it for a bit longer. - LSA
I've been thinking about the impact our coaching hire will have on other schools,
Assume for a moment that we're going after the coach at another blue blood university. How does the timing of our search and eventual hire impact that school? Does their recruiting class tank? Who do they get to replace the outgoing coach, especially if we're taking early January?
Are there succession plans in place to promote an assistant? Or do they go out into the market and try to poach another successful coach like we did?
Just some things to think about while we're all busy F5ing today.
I've generally viewed Harbaugh as a 'pie-in-the-sky' candidate. Knowing nothing besides what I read, I thought that Jim's competitiveness would keep him in the NFL. But the argument that comes through in the link is:
- JH would be getting crazy money (8 M!). That's more than anyone at any level of football.
- JH hurts when Michigan hurts.
- JH is young enough to return to the NFL after righting the ship.
- JH wants Brady to be treated with dignity. Brady is getting that treatment.
I don't think any of this proves anything. But the smoke is building, and it's thicker than I first believed.
Grantland's Matt Hinton, who has written many good college football pieces this year including a couple about Michigan, opined on the three biggest college football coaching searches at the moment. Hinton has mentioned MGoBlog before and has a pretty solid read on the fan base and situation in Ann Arbor for a national guy as you can see here:
Interim athletic director Jim Hackett, the man leading the search for Hoke’s successor, openly pined Wednesday for a swift death to the notion that the Wolverines must be overseen by a “Michigan Man” with long-standing ties to the program — if not directly to Bo Schembechler, the iconic coach who coined the term, then at least to Gary Moeller or Lloyd Carr, Michigan lifers who carried the Schembechler line into the new millennium. Rodriguez was an outsider who inherited a depleted roster, failed to win over the holdovers from the Carr administration, and found himself undermined at every turn; Hoke was an insider who won initially with a much stronger lineup and was later undermined by his own incompetence.
For the record (HOT TAKE ALERT), Hinton considers Jim Harbaugh to be the perfect fit hire for Michigan. Pretty good read here: http://grantland.com/the-triangle/florida-michigan-nebraska-college-football-coaching-searches/