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|2 days 2 hours ago||Lets hope he really was what||
Lets hope he really was what made MSU's D go and that he takes a defensive assistant or two with him...
|2 days 21 hours ago||I think the school decides.||
I think the school decides. Nike/Adidas/Under Armour all have schools that do it, some schools reject or minimize it, most prominently Alabama, Texas and USC. There's no reason why we can't be a school that rejects or minimizes it, no matter which apparel company we sign with.
|3 days 19 min ago||You want to be a truly||
You want to be a truly competent reporter to get to the NFL where you can receive tips from your sources to report what the league wants you to report, and in exchange, you get fame, relative fortune and job security. Seems like a good gig.
|3 days 1 hour ago||I guess my proplem with the||
I guess my proplem with the "someone's kid" theory and I guess his stated connection of being close to a family friend of the agent (which, I guess makes him a son of the family friend of the agent?), is that he seems to be a Michigan person and not just a kid who knows he has a source of info on news that lots and lots of reporters are chasing. Now is it possible that the agent has a very close family friend who is presumably a huge Michigan fan? Sure, even though I think the agent is a west coast guy. But, if you were going with the fact that he's the son of someone important, I'd be more agreeable to the theory if he seemed to be reporting information coming from a Michigan source.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Maybe he's saying that none||
Maybe he's saying that none of those jobs are all that promising. And there might be something to that...
Bears/Jets/Raiders/Redskins are all organizational messes. Falcons and Panthers are playing for a playoff game, that might save a coach's job. Jags are going to be perpetually young and underfunded, probably not paying top dollar for a coach.
I think Giants and Falcons are the only two jobs there that a coach can look at and reasonably think, yeah, I can go win there quickly. And I'm not sure either job will be open.
|3 days 1 hour ago||I wouldn't be surprised if||
I wouldn't be surprised if the last time he ever had to report on something Michigan related was when he was actually at Michigan. He's an NFL guy, he has NFL connections. I'm not shocked that he hasn't cultivated any connections at Michigan. For what purpose would he need those?
|3 days 3 hours ago||And to be fair, isn't every||
And to be fair, isn't every fan base going to act that way?
If they drop off next year it will because they may lose three or so guys with eligibility remaining to the NFL. I don't buy that MSU is a program that can just plug the next guy in for early departures. Also, finally losing Rush is going to be a blow.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Those people would be stupid.||
Those people would be stupid. Even Alabama lost to Louisiana-Monroe in Saban's first or second season. Worked out pretty well for them.
|3 days 3 hours ago||I think the more likely||
I think the more likely scenario is that Brandon contacted Harbaugh late in the season and maybe basically said the job was his if he wanted it, with Harbaugh saying something like "I'm interested, but don't put me in a position to decide whether to finish the season with Stanford or take the Michigan job, you won't like the answer." Brandon holds off firing Rodriguez and by the time he officially does so, Harbaugh has become a hot name in NFL coaching searches with specific interest from the one franchise that keeps his family in place. Thus, he no longer wants the Michigan job once an official search begins.
Both stories are then consistent. Brandon can tell people he had an "accepted" offer from Harbaugh. Others can say it never even approached anything official. This scenario also explains the insanity of the timing of the Rodriguez firing.
|3 days 4 hours ago||The timing didn't really work||
The timing didn't really work for Harbaugh to have "accepted" the Michigan job. If I recall correctly, he was announced as 49ers coach only a couple days after Rich Rodriguez was fired. He would have been going through that process with the 49ers probably before there was even an official opening.
My guess is that Harbaugh said through back channels that he would have been interested, but as it became apparent that he was in play for NFL jobs, specifically one that would not require him to move, he never really became involved beyond that point.
|6 days 2 hours ago||The line about $8M/year||
The line about $8M/year sounds dumb, but I can't deny there is real logic to it. And I would think a businessman would understand the psychological value of hitting that round number rather than leaving it at $49.
|6 days 5 hours ago||I don't think money is an||
I don't think money is an issue, even if the 8 year contract is correct. Yes, $2M a year is nothing to sneeze at, but this isn't a situation where an athlete has to maximize his contract earnings before his career ends. Harbaugh has already had a long financially fruitful career, both as a player and as a coach. He had a 15 year NFL career, with 12 years where he was likely to be paid as a top-half NFL starter. He coached for four years at Stanford where he likely made $1M a year. He has coached for four years at SF where he has made $20M. I'm assuming he is not an idiot so he is probably set for life financially. Plus, he is still young and can coach for another 15 years. The man has made and is going to make enough money that $2M a year isn't going to change his life.
The only way it comes down to money is if with his ego he thinks he is the best coach in football and should be paid that way. And if that's the case, the NFL is always going to win that battle.
Assuming the $49M/8yrs is correct, it still makes him one of the ten highest paid coaches in all of football. We're offering more than enough money.
|1 week 3 hours ago||It's been a long time since||
It's been a long time since he's been in Ann Arbor, and I'm not sure he's ever reported on college sports. I'm not sure why it's shocking that he doesn't have real sources within Michigan.
|1 week 3 hours ago||Anybody can claim to be||
Anybody can claim to be family friend's with Harbaugh's agent. I still don't see any evidence that he's reporting information that comes from said agent. My guess is he is a high school/college kid who scours the Michigan boards and reports rumors from others as his privately sourced information.
|1 week 3 hours ago||This. If he drags it out a||
This. If he drags it out a couple weeks into the NFL postseason I think fans have a right to be mad at him. He'll actively be hurting Michigan. If he turns down Michigan on the soonish side because he's an NFL coach now, that's fine and shouldn't change a thing.
|1 week 4 hours ago||Gotcha. I'm convinced this||
Gotcha. I'm convinced this guy is full of it, though...
|1 week 4 hours ago||Yeah, I'm with you. I don't||
Yeah, I'm with you. I don't see anything in his timeline to make me think that he actually is credible or has sources.
|1 week 4 hours ago||The agent is working through||
The agent is working through some rando on twitter? If the agent really wants things out there big reporters will have the story.
|1 week 5 hours ago||His misguided point is that||
His misguided point is that Michigan is cheap so the $8M/year contract can't possibly be real. Thus, using the contract offer to argue against Schefter's points isn't really effective.
|1 week 1 day ago||If I'm Jim Harbaugh, I think||
If I'm Jim Harbaugh, I think that one of these owners is going to be willing to give me full control, or damn near close to full control. I don't thik he'll need to wait to hear that as an actual offer to think that something along those lines will be on the table.
Maybe it's naive, but I just don't think that Harbaugh is going to put Michigan through the ringer that would be a couple additional weeks of waiting through the entire NFL process which is complicated by being under contract with the 49ers if the decision comes down to which NFL offer to weigh against a Michigan offer.
|1 week 1 day ago||I look at it like this, he||
I look at it like this, he isn't really chosing between job offers. He's choosing a lifestyle path. He can choose to either be a college coach at what has to be his dream college destination or he can choose to be an NFL coach and feel pretty comfortable that there's going to be a palatable option in the next two seasons. I think he cares enough about Michigan that he's not going to drag out the process so he can weigh individual job offers against Michigan. If there is still indecision I think it's because he doesn't know if he wants to give up the NFL, not that he doesn't know if the right NFL opportunity will be there this offseason. He has either told Michigan he is coming but he's not going to announce until this season is over or he is still making that decision.
Come the 29th, I think we'll know. He's either coming, or on that date Hackett will demand an answer. If it drags on past them I will be highly dissapointed in Jim Harbaugh.
|1 week 1 day ago||One huge difference is that||
One huge difference is that the Raiders can't actually talk to Harbaugh or his camp without risking tampering charges, unless the 49ers have given permission and I think that would have been reported. Thus, there's no real information to report for NFL people with NFL contacts.
|1 week 2 days ago||I'm not sure your Dennis||
I'm not sure your Dennis Erickson characterization is fair, at least for his return to Oregon State.
|1 week 2 days ago||I'm going to guess his agent||
I'm going to guess his agent did inquire about the Pitt job. Think Pitt could be of interest to Narduzzi? Good recruiting state in an area he's familiar with, without having to directly compete on the field with the better Big Ten schools. A P5 job where coaches have shown some ability to be successful. Certainly a better option than UConn ever was.
Edit: It's almost hard to imagine that he wouldn't have at least inquired. If he is taking youngstown job out of at least partly a desire to be coaching back home, the Pitt job accomplishes almost the same thing.
|1 week 2 days ago||The 2007 Herbstreit thing was||
The 2007 Herbstreit thing was only a thing because of the timing with Miles. He was trying to win an SEC (?) title that night so he was forced to make a strong public statement that he intended to be the LSU coach. The LSU AD then basically used that and UM dragging its feet to force Miles to ink an extension keeping him out of the running for the UM job. There is no remotely similar scenario that can play out with Harbaugh. Rumors of him leaving have zero impact on his current team and his current management seem disinclined to keep him anyway.
|1 week 3 days ago||I never thought the Niners||
I never thought the Niners being eliminated from playoff competition was important in so much as he would then be able to leave his job before the end of the season to come coach Michigan. I thought it was important in that Harbaugh was obviously not going to make or at least announce a decision when it could possibly be interpreted as interfering with his team's title chances. Now that the season is effectively over, I think Harbaugh can decide and either announce his acceptance of the Michigan job starting Dec. 29, or tell Michigan that he is staying in the NFL and have his agent start the process of pursuing other jobs.
I don't think he's going to "quit" on the 49ers, but with them out of playoff contention, I don't think he has to quit in order to announce his intentions, either publicly or behind closed doors.
|1 week 6 days ago||That's right. It's a chicken||
That's right. It's a chicken and the egg situation. Michigan adds value by itself, but that value has been built by generations of great players.
While you can't say as many Denard jerseys would have been sold had he been playing for Eastern Michigan, you also can't say that as many Michigan jerseys would have been sold if Denard wasn't as special of an athlete as he was. Both Michigan and Players bring money into the university.
As someone above pointed out, it's the same thing with the NFL. When the USFL was "challenging" the NFL, they were stealing a lot of the best players coming up from college. The level of play was probably closer to the NFL than the NFL would have ever admitted, yet the USFL had to fold because it wasn't as popular. The NFL brands had value irrespective of the players playing. Yet, the NFL players are still highly paid because without those great players, those same NFL brands quickly lose value.
|1 week 6 days ago||On the other hand, if the||
On the other hand, if the quality of play/players didn't matter, how come we're talking about paying Jim Harbaugh over $5M to come coach our football team.
You're not wrong that there's a lot of value in Michigan by itself. But the players also bring value and money in. It's fair to say they aren't adequately compensated for that value. Especially the guys like Denard Robinson who undoubtedly push a lot of jerseys and Michigan gear in general.
|1 week 6 days ago||Yeah, Miss prevents contracts||
Yeah, Miss prevents contracts of over 4 years (or 5?) so Mullen gets a one-year extension to the state limit every off season. It doesn't mean anything with respect to his willingness to take another job.
|1 week 6 days ago||How do we know he isn't Will||
How do we know he isn't Will Muschamp? An excellent coordinator but not a very good head coach? His Pitt tenure hasn't really answered any questions. I understand why Wisconsin will go this route, but there's a decent chance it doesn't work out.