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Report: Harbaugh unlikely to take Michigan gig

Posted on: January 4, 2011 9:46 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Sure, it seems like we've been talking a lot about Jim Harbaugh these days, but he's so damn hot right now. And given his refusal to speak about future jobs on Monday night, it sure does seem like he's not hanging around Stanford (at least he's not lying about staying though).

However, the Detroit Free Press now reports that Harbaugh is "highly unlikely" to accept the job at Michigan. That means one of two things: he's either coming back to Stanford or he's heading to one of five NFL teams who desperately covet him.

This would mean, based on what we think we saw last night, that Harbaugh is headed to the NFL. The timing would be perfect, too. A slew of teams --the Broncos (John Elway, Stanford alum, now runs things), the 49ers (Harbaugh and likely GM Baalki share an agent), the Raiders (Harbaugh and Al Davis are boys somehow), and the Panthers (he'd probably get to coach Andrew Luck again) -- all stand out as viable locations for the hottest name in coaching.

That doesn't include the Dolphins -- who sent a team of "ownership scouts" to the Orange Bowl Monday night, the Browns or the Bengals. (Have we covered everyone sufficiently? If not, check out our coaching tracker for all the latest.)

Anyway, look, Andrew Luck should go pro. He can get too much money and the timing's too right. And Harbaugh should follow suit in jumping ship from Stanford, because, really, there's not a whole lot of room to grow outside of a national championship.

If Michigan's out the window, then it's NFL time.

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Comments

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Report: Harbaugh unlikely to take Michigan gig

Les Miles turned that job down a week before the national championship game because of the unrelenting pressure UM put on him while trying to prepare his current team.



Since: Jun 5, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Report: Harbaugh unlikely to take Michigan gig

With the demand and hours it takes to be a successful recruiter, along with the NCAA rules that no one can quite figure out or find consistency in, I dont blame guys that have the opportunity to do either college or pro, go the NFL route.  These types of coaches have egos as well and they want to see if they have what it takes to be an NFL coach.  There are many more job openings at the college level each year than the NFL, so give it a shot in the NFL while you are a hot commodity and if it doesnt work out, there will be a job somewhere in college that will be available. 



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:47 pm
 

Report: Harbaugh unlikely to take Michigan gig

It just seems to me that pro coach's don't work well in college and college coach's don't work well in the pros. Maybe I am wrong



Since: Jan 18, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Report: Harbaugh unlikely to take Michigan gig

Why does everybody assume all coaches want to be in the NFL?Consider: How long do coaches last in the NFL compared to college? How much control do coaches in the NFL have compared to college? How much more do coaches in the NFL really make compared to college?
Because I'm not a coach I can't speak from experience, but if I was a coach, I would stick to the college game. It's more exciting, it's more rewarding, and the possibility of tenure is better. Plus you get to mould players a little before they go pro, meaning you have a hand in who they become as a person, which is more rewarding than anything else when it turns out right.



Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:39 pm
 

Report: Harbaugh unlikely to take Michigan gig

I say he stays at Stanford. Being a Michigan fan, I'd love to see him back in Ann Arbor. But, he'd be walking into an absolute mess. All this speculation about taking a new position in Michigan, or in the pros being an inevitability, maybe he's just happy where he's at. Maybe he thinks that he has a good thing where he's at, and doesn't want to move on.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:39 pm
 

Report: Harbaugh unlikely to take Michigan gig

Gotta figure Harbaugh is heading to the NFL.  There are just to many good opportunities out there for him, and he is the hot name right now for all of those openings.  I do think he will leave Stanford soon as that is just to small of a pond for Harbaugh.  Even if all of the NFL opportunities dried up, I still do not think he would go to UM with all of the issues with the alumni and his past treatment from UM when he was interested in a coaching position there.  Then again, money talks so we will see what UM is willing to pony up to bring one of their own home. 



Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:38 pm
 

Report: Harbaugh unlikely to take Michigan gig

The one major downside to Harbaugh going to Michigan, that I can see, is how many times will the NFL comes calling until he finally says yes?  I know he's not the hot commodity that Harbaugh is right now, but Brady Hoke might be a better coach for the long haul.  All I know is I don't want to have to get another new coach in five years. 



Since: Feb 17, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:30 pm
 

Report: Harbaugh unlikely to take Michigan gig

You must be a bitter man Mjoeblue. I can't remember the last time your Michigan Wolverines has had a really good winning season...now they just plain suck. RichRod should be out the door with that embarrassing loss against Miss St, but don't kid yourself by thinking that even if Harbaugh did get offered a head coaching job at Michigan that he would take it. What an up hill battle to repair that decimated program. UMich better be paying some big bucks to get a decent coach to want to go to Ann Arbor.  Les Miles was definitely right on at staying at LSU!



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:28 pm
 

Report: Harbaugh unlikely to take Michigan gig

Michigan did this same crap to Les Miles.  He had to publicly smack them down to get them to stop.  They've kneecapped Rodriguez with this Harbaugh crap so he can't recruit and has Denard Robinson openly talking about transferring.  Now like the stalkers they are they're after Harbaugh.  A guy they just turned down to be an assistant coach in 2007.  That school and organizations support it is a total cluster**** mess.




Since: Aug 3, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:23 pm
 

Report: Harbaugh unlikely to take Michigan gig

Rich Rod should be out.  No defence, special teams, etc.  He has taken the once proud wolverines and made them a laughing stock.
Jim Harbaugh is the hot new coach.  If he elects to stay in college he will be at Michigan, but,,,, I think it comes down to haw mush he wants to be in the NFL.  Michigan might be the better choice, at least safer.


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