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Harbaugh 'highly unlikely' to go to Michigan?

Posted on: January 4, 2011 10:09 am
Edited on: January 4, 2011 10:09 am
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
 
At this point, it's the worst-case scenario for Michigan and Wolverine athletic director Dave Brandon: let Rich Rodriguez twist in the wind for a month in the hopes of potentially landing Jim Harbaugh, watch Rodriguez's team get buried -- again -- in their bowl game, see recruits (and huge swaths of the fanbase) jump ship as the bulk of the free world assumes RichRod is a fired coach walking, watch Harbaugh destroy Virginia Tech in Stanford's bowl game as an indication of what the Wolverines would ge getting ... and then, finally, after all that, have Harbaugh tell his alma mater he's not interested after all.

But that's exactly the scenario Detroit Free-Press columnist Michael Rosenberg has laid out for the Wolverines, reporting that a source "with direct knowledge of Harbaugh’s thinking" has told him that the Orange Bowl champion is "highly unlikely" to accept an offer to become the new Michigan head man:
Harbaugh plans to decide this week whether he wants to take a job in the NFL. If he stays in college coaching, he has decided he will stay at Stanford, where he has built a potential powerhouse. It would take an extreme change of heart for Harbaugh to end up in Ann Arbor, according to the person, who did not want to be identified because Rich Rodriguez is still U-M’s coach.
If you're Stanford, it's time to do some cartwheels, since the assumption for nearly the entire bowl season has been that if Michigan didn't poach him away, some NFL suitor would. For the Cardinal to still be a serious option for Harbaugh at this late stage would be something of a victory in and of itself.

But if you're Michigan, well, whatever the opposite of a cartwheel is (pantomiming bashing one's own head with a hammer?), it's time to do that. If Rosenberg's source is accurate, the Wolverines are left in an almost untenable position; they either let Rodriguez coach (and recruit, or, more accurately, fail to recruit) another year with the guillotine publicly perched over his head, or they enter into a full-on coaching search with lots of other attractive candidates already spoken for and less than a month to go until Signing Day.

By waiting until after the bowl games, Brandon has essentially put all his eggs into Harbaugh's basket. If Harbaugh returns that basket with a note saying "thanks, but no thanks," Rodriguez's rocky tenure might only be the start of the Wolverines' misery.

Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Harbaugh 'highly unlikely' to go to Michigan?

Required period look through much of the evaluations, although i honestly adored some of the write-up. It all demonstrated that they are Particularly employed to me to and i am guaranteed to lots of the commenters correct



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Harbaugh 'highly unlikely' to go to Michigan?

I almost feel like schools and coaches shouldn't respond or publically speculate about coaching futures while there are games still left to play. I think it is bad form to publically consider another job when you still have one to complete.

it seems like everyone, mostly sports media, get too impatient when waiting for a decision to be made. It holds up their story so they can move on to the next cycle. They have no accountability for the words they write and the damage they can cause by speculating. I guess U of M deserves what they get because of the way they recruited RichRod from WVU.

All in all, I hope and pray U of M hires someone quick and not Brady Hoke from SDSU. SDSU needs him really bad right now.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 10:50 am
 

Harbaugh 'highly unlikely' to go to Michigan?

"By waiting until after the bowl games, Brandon has essentially put all his eggs into Harbaugh's basket. If Harbaugh returns that basket with a note saying "thanks, but no thanks," Rodriguez's rocky tenure might only be the start of the Wolverines' misery."

This is not the case at all, now all bowl coaches are a possibility.

There hasn't been a single coach that has changed teams that Michigan has "missed out on."

Harbaugh is now availble, Friday Les Miles season is complete, Hoke is still avaliable.

If I have missed the magical opportunity that Michigan has lost by waiting, please point them out to me now.




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