I wasn't sure what to name this thread or if I even should post it but I wanted to humbly throw some ideas out there that will hopefully create some good dialogue. Of course I'd like to open by saying this year isn't over yet and I haven't completely given up on Coach Rod. We still have a solid opportunity to beat Purdue (they are so depleted on offense) and could pull out an upset this week at home in a shootout..Illinois is riding high but isn't nearly as good as our previous home opponents Iowa/ MSU right now (in any facet). JMHO
Being in Ann Arbor is an advantage so anything is possible. If we hit 7-5 then we actually still reach reasonable pre-season expectations. So there's that...
Now, with regard to the future if we do lose out or change coaches anyway for whatever reason, I personally wouldn't want Jim Harbaugh to be the first guy we go to. Hell I'm not sure he is my second choice. I'm sure he is a trendy pick right now but so was RR in 2007.
Do we need a Michigan man? IDK...would it help to have one? Most definitely. It would be great to have a guy who played here, understands the Big Ten and learned from Bo first hand. It would also be great to not hear bitching about not having a"Michigan Man" for three more years. Nonetheless, Harbaugh is not my guy and I don't think he should be yours.
The one name that should be on the top of the list, and isn't being mentioned as much as it should be is Coach Les Miles. Consider/reconsider his resume for a moment. He has long standing ties to MIchigan. He is 58-15 at LSU with a good chance to finish strong this season. "Damn strong"! He won a national title, & no matter how you slice it he still won. When you think about how consistently good LSU has been in the best conference in the country it's quite impressive. LSU is also in the SEC West which is even tougher.
Miles seems to gain his success with really good defenses and by recruiting the best skill available and adapting to their skill set. One can criticize his gambling tendency on the field..but more often than not he gets it done. You could also criticize their offense, however their OC at LSU is Gary Crowton, which of course you should remember from the 2006 Oregon Ducks. Crowton has experience with Dennis Dixon and the spread/zone-read stuff which would really be a nice transition for us.
All in all, the resume, familiarity with high expectations and tough competition, great support staff and recruiting connections to the south make Miles a fantastic candidate for our program. The transition would be smooth and he has proven more than Harbaugh at this point...both are Michigan guys.
I'm rootin' for Michigan and for Rich Rod, but if we decide to make a change and LSU fans are sick of Miles I say bring him on. I'd be more than happy to have him!