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Stanford offers Harbaugh raise; will he accept?

Posted on: December 6, 2010 12:43 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 12:43 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

That Stanford finished fourth in the final BCS standings, grabbing a lucrative automatic berth to the big-money bowls, is already a tremendous accomplishment. It's all the more tremendous, however, when you remember where the Cardinal were when Jim Harbaugh was hired: coming off of a 1-11, last-place season under Walt Harris, his two year reign of error coming on the heels of the equally disastrous three-year, 10-23  Buddy Teevens era. Stanford had gone five years without a winning record or bowl berth, and after years of poor recruiting, had become simply overmatched against Pac-10 competition.

It's taken Harbaugh only four seasons -- each better than the last -- to position the Cardinal as perennial Pac-10 contenders, becoming the hottest name in college coaching in the process. There's never been any doubt that Stanford would have to offer him a substantial raise to keep him in the fold. So, yep, it didn't take long for Stanford to offer him a substantial raise :
"We have a proposal in front of Jim and he's indicated he plans to accept it," [Stanford athletic director] Bowlsby said Sunday. "He's got this year and four more on his contract. I expect that he will be our coach in the foreseeable future."
Whether anyone else expects the same will depend on whether or not an NFL team makes an overture to Harbaugh, or, even more importantly, Michigan decides to dismiss Rich Rodriguez. With Wolverine athletic director Dave Brandon having stated he would not make a decision on Rodriguez until after the bowl, his alma mater may be placing Harbaugh in an awkward position; the 28 days between now and the Orange Bowl would be a long time for Bowlsby's new contract to sit on the table.

There wouldn't really be anything other than money -- money Michigan even might pay for him -- to keep Harbaugh from signing his new extension and departing for Ann Arbor anyway. But Harbaugh's reputation as a straight-shooter would seem to preclude him from that kind of bait-and-switch; if he signs the extension, he'll almost certainly be in Palo Alto next season. If he balks, it's going to be the clearest sign possible that he's going to want to hear what Brandon (or NFL Team X) has to say.

The ball, as the saying goes, is entirely in his court.


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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:37 pm
 

Stanford offers Harbaugh raise; will he accept?

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Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2010 1:53 am
 

Stanford offers Harbaugh raise; will he accept?

Looks like you'll be keeping your 'arse' on then.  Have fun waiting, because Harbaugh going to UM is a DEMOTION in just about every single way imaginable, except game attendance.  He'll lose every year to OSU, 'cause Ohio has better players than Michigan and OSU will always recruit better than UM in their own state.   He'd probably get fired in 2 years by impatient boosters and a weak AD, while he tries to change UM's culture, which currently blows.  It's a losing battle that he would be a fool to gamble on.  Hmmm... top 5 pro-style program and NFL proven asst coaches, with multiple top 10 recruiting classes in tow, or a subpar Big 10 pretender that has 3 classes of spread option recruits and an even weaker defense?  It's not even a choice.  And have we mentioned the weather?  How's that blizzard treating ya?


draper1997
Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:19 am
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Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2010 9:00 pm
 

Stanford offers Harbaugh raise; will he accept?

As a Buckeye fan, I like Harbaugh. He is a straight-shooter and not sleazy. Maybe he does not want to betray his players by leaving early and before the bowl game. Maybe David Brandon is talking to Harbaugh behind the scenes and just waiting until after the bowl season to start the final negotiations. I understand that recruiting is the name of the game and uncertainty about the coach will affect it. However, Michigan has been going through a tough period for three years and has probably learned from its mistake of three years ago when they rushed to hire RichRod. They understand that not pressuring Harbaugh during the bowl season will pay dividends for decades to come, if they sign him.

Finally, Michigan is a great school academically. Stanford fans, who are knocking Michigan academically, don't have a clue about what they are talking. At least Michigan does not take students because of family wealth.




Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2010 7:49 pm
 

Stanford offers Harbaugh raise; will he accept?

From all I hear, Harbaugh is very happy at Stanford and plans to stay.  On Sunday night he said straight into the camera, "The good lord willing, I will be at Stanford a long time".   Money isn't everything and he has ties to the area.  Michigan alums and donors fill their 100,000 seat stadium and expect a winner every year.  Stanford Football strives for excellence because its the culture at Stanford...winning 10 straight Director's Cups should be proof of that.  The drive comes from within...at Michigan and other football factories it comes from outside.  Stanfords play book is twice the size of most college teams because the players are smart and can learn plays with a few walk throughs and remember them when they are called.   That maked coaching a joy.  Besides better weather, a better eductation for his children, and a better job for his father, the differnce in what another school will offer isn't worth it.  If he goes, it will be to the pros to prove something to himself or compete with his bro.

Aside from a little complex about always being second best to Ohio State, Michigan supports their program well.  They are just very quick to turn and jump on a coach who doesn't win instantly.  Who needs that?



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2010 7:48 pm
 

Stanford offers Harbaugh raise; will he accept?

So according to LSUMC, Harbaugh would rather coach in front of a packed stadium while struggling to get a once proud football program back on track. Dude, you have no idea what you are talking about. You and that tool who keeps mentioning the Stanford tree really are grasping at straws if those are the only things you two are using as reasons why Harbaugh should leave Stanford. If Harbaugh leaves Stanford it will be because he wants a new challenge. Much has been said about his ties to Michigan since he played for them and graduated there. But guess what? When Michigan had a job opening they did not even give Harbaugh an interview because he was only coaching some division 2A football team. They also did not give him an interview before they hired Richie Rodriguez. So those arguments about coaching for his alma mater do not hold much weight. If you look at the hires of the past 5-10 years in college and pro sports you will see many people who don't coach for their alma mater even if they had "strong ties". The Mets did not want to hire Wally Backman, the Cubs didn't want to hire Ryne Sandberg, the Yankees did not want to hire Don Mattingly. I could go on, but you get my point. Michigan will not hire Harbaugh because it does not want to admit that it erred by not hiring him before he turned Stanford around. Michigan fans can only dream of what Harbaugh could do at Michigan with less stringent academic standards. If Harbaugh can field a top 4 team at Stanford he would probably be able to take Michigan to number 1 again. Although I have lived in California all my life I have always rooted for the blue and maize. The colors are cool and the wolverine mascot is just as cool. 


draper1997
Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2010 4:20 pm
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Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2010 12:04 pm
 

Stanford offers Harbaugh raise; will he accept?

re: biscoff

Why don't Michigan fans focus on supporting their coach instead of always wanting to dump him and hire someone elses?


Michigan has supported and will continue to support the Football Program.  This season, Michigan sold over 700,000 tickets to it's home games.  Every home game was sold out.  You are clearly over your head biscoff.  Hmmmmmm, Michigan plays Bowling Green and it's a sell out... Stanford plays a conference opponent and struggle to fill a tiny stadium.   Stanford is the program that doesn;t support it's coach.



Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2010 11:57 am
 

Stanford offers Harbaugh raise; will he accept?

Coach Bo came to Michigan from the Cradle of Coaches.... Miami of Ohio.



Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2010 12:19 am
 

Stanford offers Harbaugh raise; will he accept?

Before Stanford, Harbaugh coached at the University of San Diego, in Mission Bay.  He has seen the light.  He knows what its like in Southern California, Northern California, and Michigan this time of the year.  Coaching kids is rewarding plus these are Stanford kids.  I am glad for Coach Harbaugh and hopes he enjoys his tenure at Stanford.  There will be time enough for the pros later on.

Also, he lends alot of credibility to the Pac-12 North and his national recruiting helps the entire region.



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