Raback it. Harbaugh will not be coming here.

Submitted by myrtlebeachmai… on November 30th, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Willing to take the pounding if/when...  In fact I'll bump it to the front to remind all of you for your convenience.

I have no "great source", but I am giving the notion full consideration with a complete disregard of any/all things RR related.  Just focusing on JH and what any aspiring coach would want.

Harbaugh may have relished the notion of coming to AA at one time, but 2 things have happened: 

1)  A #4/#5 ranked team w/ an 11-1 season - He truly has nothing left to prove in NCAA life.  He's done it with all the "limitations" (i.e. academic standards, disinterested fanbase, etc) he deals with.  Toiling 2 to 4 more years at UM towards the only remaining goal (Nat. Champ) is futile 

2)  The NFL - It's not going to be just the Bills and Raiders this time.  There will be too many, to not find the "perfect one" and forget all about UM.  Likely SF.  He can stay in his beloved West Coast area, make WAY more $$, have a new set of challenges, follow the footsteps of his brother and Bill Walsh, etc.

It's not going to happen, with or without RR.  



November 30th, 2010 at 11:01 AM ^

Based on how much I know about you, which consists of your username and avatar, how could I not trust in your opinion enough to consider it a lock.  I mean, nobody else on this site or any others has had the confidence in their own judgement to point out reasons that RR will or won't be fired, and nobody had given an opinion on whether Harbaugh will be the next coach.  Bravo.  Clearly, you were right to reference a gaurantee brought on by solid inside information to get people to click this thread and read your impressive insight into this issue.  My God, man, is there any way you could get in touch with the White House or at the very least, the legislature in MIchigan?  Think of all the good you could do by opening your mouth and allowing such infinite truths to come spewing out. 


November 30th, 2010 at 11:55 AM ^

I've gotten over wanting to shoot myself and hating everyone.  I've now moved onto Stage 5 in which I neg every single thread/post that mentions Harbaugh or firing Rodriguez.  I will not discriminate - all opinions will be negged.  I am prepared to use all of my MGoPoints on this endeavor.  And I'm looking for helpers . . .


November 30th, 2010 at 7:10 PM ^

...this decision pretty much will determine the near term (15 year) future.  Do you roll the dice that RR finally gets it and the program recovers, do you fire him and risk Notre Dame syndrome, do you keep him one more year and risk Tennessee-syndrome (in which Tennessee had to hire Vince Dooley's medicore son because the program had too much damage to get someone worthwhile)?


Unfortunately that's the breaks when you are going to a bowl that, while it may be a bowl, is a bowl pretty much no one really wants to go to (and if the payout is equivalent to what that level of bowl pays, it actually costs the University money to accept rather than makes the University money).


November 30th, 2010 at 12:48 PM ^


#1) Michigan is NOT Jim Harbaugh's 'dream job.'  He wants an NFL job, because him and his brother are so competitive.  SD, SF, Oak and Car (and maybe even Dal and Min) are all going to be fighting over him this off-season.

#2) Dave Brandon is going to be doing absolutely everything he can to convince him to come to Michigan over the next month.

#3) In all likelihood, Rich Rod will be brought back (signing a two year extension after the bowl game), and Greg Robinson will be replaced (along with the 3-3-5).  Ron English is supposedly an early DC candidate. 


November 30th, 2010 at 2:13 PM ^

Smart college coaches recognize that the NFL is not necessarily the end all be all.  Spurrier,  Saban, Petrino are three prime examples of guys who tried their luck in the NFL with high paying contracts, only to return to their roots.

It's not just about the money.  I think Harbaugh will seriously consider taking the Michigan job, even if there is more money to be made coaching the 49ers.  


November 30th, 2010 at 10:59 AM ^

Thanks.  Now that I know, I will stop checking this blog and/or ESPN every 5 seconds for news.  I mean, come on, if you think he isn't coming - despite having no great source - it must be true. 

Oh, and good creativity on those reasons - I hadn't heard them before. 


November 30th, 2010 at 11:00 AM ^

In response to #1, just having a good year, or couple years is not enough as a coach in the NCAA, being able to sustain a team for a long time is a benchmark.  There have been a lot of one and done coaches, or a coach that can make a team relevant for a few years, but to be able to do it for any length of time puts a coaches name in the history books.


totally agree with #2, also with nothing to back it up, but I believe he views the NFL as the destination for coaching, not NCAA (even if it is Michigan).


November 30th, 2010 at 11:07 AM ^

Point 2 is valid.  Point 1?  You think Harbaugh sat down a few years ago and said, "I want only one thing from NCAA football: to one time finish in the top 5, and do that with "all the limitations."  I think not. 

And the move from Stanford to Michigan would not make as much sense if he did not have profound ties to Michigan, but he does.  He would come to Michigan only if he was following his heart.  And his success at Stanford could actually make that move easier.  He could tell himself, I've built a good program here, they're in great shape, time go to home and build my alma mater into a NC contender.  I, like you, have no clue what he wants or what he'll do.  But having one good year at Stanford does not mean he will never be interested in coaching at another college.

Yard Dog

November 30th, 2010 at 11:08 AM ^

1.  Stanford has a fanbase that couldn't care less about football.  This is not the case at Michigan.  Harbaugh knows the passion that surrounds the Maize and Blue.

2.  Harbaugh knows he would be king in AA if he can turn the program around.  He saw how Bo was worshipped, and that is available to him.  He could have long term stability, which is not a hallmark of NFL coaches.

3.  The NFL is about to have a labor stoppage by most accounts.  Based on a review of the coaching situation by Peter King, it appears teams may take a pass on hiring new coaches and paying them big bucks to sit around.  Also, a new coach may end up only having a few weeks to implement their system once the labor deal is settled.  Not exactly stable and not exactly a great way to start a NFL coaching career.

4.  The NFL is littered with college coaches who failed at the transition to the NFL.  Why potientially join those ranks?  See Spurrier, Steve, and Holtz, Lou, among others.  And those two had won national championships.

Just my $0.02.


November 30th, 2010 at 11:57 AM ^

But notice how most of those guys landed on their feet after their NFL career.  Harbaugh is young.  Even if he goes to the NFL and fails, his brand is not really damaged.  He would have no problem finding a great college gig.  The big factor for Harbaugh is that the Michigan job might not be available when he wants to get back into coaching.  Being the front runner for this job may be a once in a lifetime opportunity.