"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
when will it stop
Ok. Pretty sure I'm going to be rightfully pilloried for this post (fastest post ever to -1000 points, etc.), but I thought it was worth adding to the discussion...
I have a source who is extremely well connected within the Stanford Administration. He was chatting with the University president recently and relayed this to piece of news:
Stanford has been acutely aware of the RR situation and was not willing to watch its hot young coach get poached. As such, they offered JH a contract extension this week (on top of the one he signed last year). Harbaugh signed the extension this week. The extension likely has a much higher buyout clause than previous one. This story has not leaked to the press and may not for a while. Stanford, as a private institution, is not required to report on any dealings with its employees.
I doubt this has anything to do with RR's job status. I read it as Stanford simply being proactive in protecting its coach. What I do think it means is that JH is highly unlikely to come to Michigan.
I recognize that alot of people will think this is useless rumor mongering. Take it FWIW, but I think its plausible that Stanford (which frankly has much deeper pockets overall than Michigan) was not going to simply let another coach walk away after one good season.