Let me start by saying I was really hoping Harbaugh would be the guy in Ann Arbor. My undergrad bridged the transition between Carr and RR, and it was tough to live through the rough few years...suffice it to say, I was frustrated and I thought JH might be the man to bring us back.
However...in an effort to be fair to Brady Hoke, I did some research on some program history. By all accounts, we're looking for someone to be the guy for a while, someone like a Bo, who remains the benchmark of M Football coaching.
Bo only had one head coaching job before Michigan, he was assistant at a few bigger schools before landing the head job with Miami (Ohio, NNTM), which is, for the record, a MAC team. Let me say that again: his only job before Michigan was at a MAC school. In six seasons, Bo was 40-17 with Miami, which of course will cause the inevitable RABBLE, RABBLE of "Hoke had some bad seasons in the MAC!"
Hoke was 34-38 in six seasons with Ball State, and is 13-12 in two seasons with SDSU. However, here is where the scene was a bit different between Bo and Hoke's first jobs: Bo took over a Miami program which had not had a losing season in 21 years, winning multiple conference championships in that time. Hoke took over a Ball State program from Bill Lynch (current IU coach), which had not had a winning season in 8 years, and during that time went 1-10 and 0-11 in consecutive seasons under Lynch. By his last season at Ball State, Hoke went 12-1 and won the MAC conference before leaving for SDSU.
When Hoke arrived, SDSU had not had a winning season since 1998, going 39-78 in that time. In 2010, his second season, Hoke led SDSU to 9-4, and a win in their bowl game. SDSU had not won a bowl game since 1969, and their last appearance was 1998.
Seems like he has been able to turn around several programs which were in the cellar. I, like many, Brian included, was pretty indignant at the idea of Hoke being the next Michigan coach when rumors started swirling, but after doing this research, plus several ringing endorsements, plus his Michigan connection, plus his great love of M football and desire to coach here, have me thinking...
So, not saying he should be next in line, but some food for thought...