Fast forward - Jim Harbaugh is offered the USC job.
Does he go?
He can recruit and coach with the best of them. USC obviously fits this bill.
He has established a pretty good presence on the west coast and some decent reach nationally at Stanford - USC obviously amplifies this.
USC is a big name program in a good conference. They are the NFL team of Los Angeles.
Harbaugh seems to have pretty lofty aspirations, and whatever they are (NFL??), USC would be a great stepping stone.
USC is currently a powerhouse and Harbaugh would most definitely keep them there.
On the flip side....
He is a Michigan Man. His heart is at Michigan (or so it is said)
If Rich Rodriguez can't get his act together in 2010, it's a pretty safe assumption that he is the 1# guy for the Michigan job. Michigan is one of the top 10 jobs in college football, right up there with USC.
There's been some shady stuff going on at USC over the past few years, and there's a possibility (although remote) that Harbaugh could be walking into a NCAA nightmare.
So, with all that out on the table, does Jim Harbaugh jump at the chance to coach USC (and gamble with the NCAA) or does he wait another year to see what shakes out at Michigan (and risk the possibility of Rodriguez getting Michigan back on track.)
This is obviously a hypothetical scenario and assumes that Jim Harbaugh has his sights set higher than a long tenure at Stanford (which wouldn't be the worst thing in the world either)
What does he do? What do you do if you are him?