I'm curious how the coaching contract dance works. Is this done offer, counter-offer? Is this "take it or leave it?" I just don't know.
It seems to me, however, that JH is in a position of huge strength, and Michigan is not. As such, Jimmy would be able to ask for or demand conditions be met that he wouldn't otherwise have the leverage to expect. And should Stanford win the Orange Bowl, that leverage would only increase. Conversely, DB may feel the need to offer more than he might have otherwise.
Previously, there was always the sense in compensation offered of "this is Michigan. That should be enough." Our coaches were well paid, but not obscenely so. Now, I think that many in the Michigan fanbase and the administration would approve of opening the pocketbook to bring JH on as our new coach. And the fact that we are paying RR at least $2.5 mil to walk is not chump change either.