Unless he pulls out a pimp hand home run and gets the mostly likely departed Harbaugh, is there any way his process looks good? It seems like an embarrassing mess. I only include Harbaugh as a saving grace not as a coaching comment, but at least in that situation the delay is defensible if he was waiting for the Orange Bowl to finish.
If Rich is brought back, the vast majority aren't going to be happy. If you want Rich brought back, and he is, you'll be happy, but the one thing everyone will agree on is if you were going to take that course, why the he'll put the coaches, program, fans, and recruiting through the last month? Why not salvage December? Did a 38 point blow out make you more confident? Or did you get caught with your pants down when Harbaugh turned on the lights?
If Hoke is hired, the vast majority aren't going to be happy, but even those that think he's a pretty darn good coach are going to also wonder why this couldn't be done a month ago. Put the staff in place, start recruiting, screw SDS's bowl game. But again that's seeming more like the pants down scenario.
There could be an off the board candidate that wow's, but I'll find it even harder to believe this was his plan all along than the OSU game thing was. It'll seem a lot more like hiring Rich, where someone falls into our lap, and who knows how that works out?
It'll ultimately be proven right or wrong by whether RR, JH, BH, or whoever wins not just next year, but for years to come. But it's looking more and more like the "Pimp Hand" got bitched slapped by the whole situation.