Today's Harbaugh news: Watching his press conference after the win over the Redskins, I was delighted at the following quote (about 2 minutes in):
"That's not what this team is about. This team is about each other, about the team, the team, the team. They're not into criticizing each other, they're not into bad-mouthing each other, talking about each other. They're into lifting each other up."
Jim's still thinking about Bo, even in his daily work in SF.
Obligatory link to Bo's "The team speech" here.
I know in some ways this is not news - Harbaugh has always been a Bo disciple, but it was intriguing to hear Bo's words so fresh on his mind still after all of these years.
For some reason I woke up this morning completely pissed at the job Hoke has done. I know. I know. Most of you live in that anger daily. I like Hoke and I want him to succeed, but, man... sometimes. (I have acknowledged he should be fired since the Utah game.)
Anyway, I want to think a little about the Harbaugh possibility. Here are some "reasonable" assumptions:
1. Jim Harbaugh will not be back at SF next year, regardless of their outcome.
2. Other NFL teams are the biggest threat to Michigan landing Harbaugh.
But, which NFL spots are a "serious threat" and how can those change over the course of the year?
Who should are the most concerning team I root for or against on Sundays?
Oakland. Obviously they are looking for a coach. Big advantage is that Jim and his family would not have to move. However, they are HORRIBLE. I say we would want them to continue being horrible. If they finished out the season strong, they could possibly become a factor.
Chicago. Probably going to be looking for a coach and a traditionally good franchise. They either need to finish so strong they keep their coach or fall off in an Oakland way.
Other than that, I couldn't really see Harbaugh taking another NFL gig that is likely to be open, unless he was just dead-set on staying in the NFL. Remember his previous decision to join SF came down to college or SF. He eliminated the Dolphins who offered him a lot more cash. Plus, the way he WON in SF, but still did not get along with the management leads me to believe other NFL teams MIGHT be a little cautious about hiring him. (Unless the also offered him the GM position?)
Any other teams I should keep an eye on?
I'm a current student at U of M who's taking CLCIV 371. Basically a class about the history of sport primarily focused around the Greeks but making connections with modern athletics and the structures surrounding them. We've had a variety of assistant ADs and UM coaches come in as guest speakers (Brandon and Beilein were both scheduled to speak but were canceled due to firing and a meeting resulting from the firing. Ironically, Brandon's lecture was supposed to be on integrity in sports). Today was David Ablauf, associate AD of communications (basically the PR guy). During the course of the lecture he started talking about Harbaugh's comments about the General studies degree (on his own, no question was asked about it. He had to go out of his way) and then took a shot at Harbaugh saying that 40% of the players on his Stanford teams took the equivalent degree (supposedly) and he seemed overall kind of petty and mad about it.
So, just thought I'd share. I was slightly worried that might mean people are pissed at Jim in the department. But obviously it could be nothing.
Mod edit: I'm publishing MichAero's comment as an addendum to the OP. If ReegsShannon wants to make an additional comment that's fine too but I don't want another perspective to get buried after a hundred plus comments. JGB.
I am also in CLCIV 371 and you are leaving a large part of the context out.
I could be wrong, but I believe he was responding to a question about how much credibility should be given to reports that come out of social media, or some related question. Regardless, I'm almost positive this was during the Q&A session after his main lecture.
He began by bringing up the Harbaugh comments, but then went into how Pat Forde wrote an article about what Harbaugh had said. Forde wrote the entire article and then called Ablauf for comments, but Ablauf wasn't available at the time so it went to voicemail. Ablauf then called Forde back and began asking him about what he wanted to write about while at the same time researching what Forde was telling him. While on the phone, Ablauf found the article that Forde had written already published, even though Forde was telling Ablauf that he wasn't sure when his deadline was, etc. Basically, according to Ablauf, Forde wanted to be able to say he reached out to UM for comment before he published the story. Then he told us about how if Forde, or these other journalists, would have looked into the situation further, they would discover that this isn't anything new or something that nearly every school is doing, including Stanford (at 40% of their players).
This was part of a larger point he was making during his lecture about how media has changed. There is much less "work" done by the reporters today due to the culture that is the 24/7 newscycle. The goal is to be the first with a story, or write something that will generate clicks, regardless of how trivial a story might be.
In my opinion, he was more upset with Forde and the new form of media here than he was upset with Harbaugh.
What if Dave Brandon managed to land one of the Harbaughs at the end of the year? Would you still want him fired? Is this less likely to happen than us somehow winning out or only dropping one more game this season?
For the record, I don't think this happens, and I don't really care who the athletic director is because I have zero chance of ever influencing that decision.
“I’m interested in Brady Hoke being the head coach at Michigan for a long time to come,” Harbaugh said.
I am sure we can come up with more