Over the past week, I have spoken with a bunch of friends - most avid college football nuts like myself. One thing that has surprised me is that as a group, most view the Michigan job as far less desirable than I would have imagined.
Friend 1: Nebraska fan - "Why would PEline ever leave Neb. for M? Equal prestige, Nebraska a farther along in the rebuild and we don't have an insane fan base that will throw him out after 2-3 years."
Friend 2: PSU Fan - "I don't see you guys getting any top coach, other than Miles. Your program is a mess, and in recent years, you have no more prestige than any of the programs you would poach from. The Michigan job is not such a hot job these days."
Friend 3: Wisconsin Fan - still thinks that our job is a big deal and that we can attach, but "your disloyal fanbase is a problem - you have pretty much run two straight coaches out of town." (not correct about Lloyd, but many outsiders do view his retirement as avoiding firing)
Friend 4: No team, CFB nut - "You guys are no different than ND - aside from 1 or 2 good seasons, you have been irrelevant since your split NC. Why would a top coach come to M? Gruden is not coming - he loves being on ESPN. Miles is going to play you guys for even more SEC $$. Harbaugh is going to bold for the NFL (a few days before it happened). YOu will probably end up with that Hoke guy from San Diago."
The quotes are not exact, but are pretty damn close. Depressing.
Also, the general opinion was that our AD is a job and has screwed this up as badly as possible.
On a positive note, my ND friend is scared of us getting Miles because he thinks tat Miles can out-recruit anybody.