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|16 hours 58 min ago||At this stage||
He would piss a lot of people off, including former assistants and most all of the Michigan insiders. Elephant like people who have long never-forgetting memories and already prostrated themselves by "forgiving and forgetting" Harbaugh's prior criticism and openly supporting Jim as the next coach.
If he changes his mind now, there is no coming back - he'll be a black sheep like Miles or worse for the rest of his career.
I believe this thing has been somewhat orchestrated for a while by Jack. Even the Hoke and Mattison hires were Harbaugh aided to rebuild the recruiting classes in the event that at some point in the future John or Jim wished to step in when Hoke was finished. (i.e., he didn't come last time because he wisely thought he could be successful faster with the 49ers given our self inflicted recruiting holes.)
I think that time line moved up on them: they expected Hoke to turn the corner and be successful longer - gave him space and air cover. That didn't happen so the time is now.
Very unlikely Michigan would extend their necks so far unless this a commitment of honor. Everyone else say otherwise are media trolling for clicks. (Remain calm and stop feeding the trolls ...)
|19 hours 23 min ago||Same||
here in NC.
|19 hours 27 min ago||I saw my Buckeye neighbor yesterday||
He is excited if Harbaugh signs and shows up in Ann Arbor. He wants to go bar to the competitive war, and figures it will be good for the Big Ten.
So depends if you listen to the truck driver variety or actual Buckeye alumni maybe?
|1 day 17 hours ago||Bartender||
I'll have what he's having!
|2 days 4 hours ago||See that's the thing||
the big question about Hoke is whether he can motivate 4 and 5 star guys to their fullest potential. His good guy routine works well for teaching and supporting development of Mac or Mountain West talent over a 3 to 4 year curve.
So how does that work in the NFL. Maybe - given the resistance to Jim Harbaugh motivation - "good guy" works with NFL talent. Maybe - given the failure at Michigan - it doesn't.
|2 days 15 hours ago||What amazes me is how the NFL homers totally overlook||
what Michigan means to people who went to Michigan, and especially to guys who played for Michigan. His heart is in the NFL .... bull shit!
Yeah, he wants a Superbowl ring, but how much does he want to run through the tunnel, touch the banner, and beat Ohio State again?
Also, they seem to equate any NFL job with a higher stature than even the top college jobs. Nick Saban begs to differ.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Yeah, the NFL big brother police||
forced him to say that ...
|4 days 13 hours ago||I need to turn off the WD twitter notification plan||
And stop checking mgoblog and worry about this after Christmas.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Sure||
I'll bet there'll be a lot of "how are you today coach", I am doing great and you, coach" water cooler discussions.
|1 week 20 hours ago||So Harbaugh is going||
to interview the existing staff for positions via video conferencing - interesting ...
or is he addressing the team?
[I just totally made that up FWIW.]
|1 week 20 hours ago||Hmm - this opinion piece||
seems to be written rationally. I hadn't considered this may be his last chance / he doesn't want to be like Les Miles...
|1 week 21 hours ago||Maybe it is a false impression||
But don't most of Saban's oversigning cuts get a continued scholarship of some type (unless it is a greyshirt offer)?
To me, if a guy hasn't worked out to where he's competitive, that is a fair deal.
|1 week 21 hours ago||I think Michigan doesn't||
take Jucos but once in a blue moon because of transfer credit issues.
That said Jucos are a an important part of the educational infrastructure for a number of reasons and someone transferring in should be respected.
Interestingly, with all the state budget cuts for education down here, NC State sent a letter to alums with college bound seniors saying they were going to start being more selective for incoming freshman classes, and accept more transfers from 2+2 programs at UNC Wilmington or Wake Tech CC, etc.
I don't see many comments disparaging that route. Most complaints I've seen in the past were about Michigan admissions making this almost impossible for football player transfers thus making our playing field tilt a little against us.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yep - the OSU fans||
I know are the same way - want it to be a competitive rivalry. They are all alums though - maybe a difference there.
|1 week 1 day ago||My neighbors who are||
B1G grads from various schools all at least are happy to see we are going after him the way we should THIS TIME ...
The last two processes were such an embarrassment - even when the first one landed a hot name coach.
|1 week 1 day ago||Now see, if I was an egomaniac||
I could work for egomaniacs. This is why Jimmy should come home.
|1 week 2 days ago||It's alright dad||
You did it! You have successfully launched your kid into the world and it is an awesome feeling.
|1 week 2 days ago||It's been a while since I switched companies||
But last time I did you could sign in a way that allowed for two weeks notice on one side, and a declared 1st day of work in the future on the other.
It is true that he cannot do that with an NFL team unless released from his contract by San Fran or San Fran is compensated for the remaining contract. But my understanding is an NFL contact number of years is a commitment at the NFL level. A college contract is a separate thing (a college does not have to pay the buyout for Jims final year for example).
So we'll see I guess. Our best two guts (Sam's and Brian's) are still queasy but hopeful, so that's where mine remains.
|1 week 3 days ago||I don't think he's saying "shit"||
in that picture - that is definitely a "fu" mouth formation
|1 week 3 days ago||No buyout if he signs w Michigan||
So now that the papers have been alledgedly delivered for his review, he can sign at anytime. They can even structure it so he can sign starting Jan 1st unless the Nines fire him earlier, etc.
And if he signs the can(attempt to) delay the official announcement until the 29th.
|1 week 4 days ago||Nice job||
couldn't have said it better.
These kids have four years to state their case for the NFL. Going into an unknown is a huge risk. Rather than telling them to fuck off, perhaps asking them to reconsider is the wiser, more understanding course.
|1 week 4 days ago||Eh - I think you're overblowing||
if true, we offered Harbaugh for realz top dollars for NFL and College coaches. If he turns down the offer, the entire fan base can comfortably be done with him, and A list coaches thinking about being plan B know we ain't kidding this time.
This is a brash, no fucking around, move. And now that it is out there, Harbaugh has to publicly declare sooner or later. The leak may have been intentional to force some hands to be shown.
I like Hacket's game.
|1 week 4 days ago||Was wondering how NFL contracts affect this||
From what I have read on the 29th there are several scenarios:
1) JH quits (and owes the Niners buy out money?)
2) Another NFL team offers JH, JH accepts, and they compensate the Niners with buy out money, and a trade (Jon Gruden precedent).
3) Another NFL team(s) offer JH and he declines, in which case:
a) the Niners retain him as head coach for his final contract year - or -
b) they fire him and owe him the final year of his contract
4) JH takes the Michigan job (for which he does not owe a buy out?)
Do I have these right???
You're Jim Harbaugh - what do you do? You wait, check the NFL options, and either do 2 or 3 a or b + 4 having leveraged 2 to get the most out of Michigan. (Who in their right mind would want to coach the Jets, Browns, Phins or Raiders? Chicago I can see.)
At some point on the 29th Harbaugh and the Niner's owners will be playing high stakes poker and bluffs will be called.
|1 week 4 days ago||Why would the marketing guy||
be in the inner circle of a confidential coaching hire, and have that information to leak?
The only reason to loop him in, is if you have a signed deal and he needs to spin the announcement .... IT'S HAPPENING!!!!
|1 week 4 days ago||No, no, no||
His office is where the golden toilet will go.
|1 week 4 days ago||I don't||
what a stupid time to stick your head up out of the foxhole and say something as callous as he did. It's like he was asking for a package. (Which maybe he was.)
|1 week 4 days ago||Total control in the NFL||
Ah ha ha ha ...
|1 week 4 days ago||We spent every year||
But the "growing years" hoping we'd get past ND with a win. The ND game determined if we were on track for a run at the National Championship because pre-BCS you had to go undefeated.
If we made it into the conference season undefeated then there was upstart Big Ten team that year leading to The Game, which was the ticket to the Rose Bowl.
The tension was don't lose a game, and after that get to the Rose Bowl. It was still a tragic tension but the first loss took you out of an NC run - it didn't lead you to assume a disaster of season was about to unfold. (Even when Jimmy broke his arm.)
And so, we were bummed if we lost early or to the upstart team, but had or steam back for OSU. S party was a side show.
That was '83 - '87.
|1 week 5 days ago||Yeah - a little sharpie action||
and he is good to go!
|1 week 5 days ago||I agree with you||
And I think it's been Harbaugh for quite a while - maybe even before Brandon exited, at least as far back as Sam's initial Wheatley slip and everyone including Lloyd Carr saying they think Harbaugh is the guy.
Everyone is acting weird with slips around the edges because the inner circle thinks it's right that Harbaugh finish his season first and at the same time are greasing the skids for a smoother start.
Something happened in SFO before the Seattle game in SFO to cause the players to half ass it in the game and all the dysfunction to spill out onto twitter afterwards, and then it went silent and amiable again yesterday. I think the deal was penned in Seattle. (Any Kalitta charters coming back from Seattle? Even connecting somewhere else?)
All of this is e-pionion sure, but we outer circle have to let the chess match play out here.