Blog Entry

Harbaugh fills one opening, creates another

Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:47 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Stanford might be the one that Chris Petersen takes.

I'm talking about the hotter-than-July Boise State coach who has been perfectly happy in his job. Now that Jim Harbaugh surprised absolutely no one by going to the 49ers, there is an interesting opening at an interesting place. Harbaugh proved that you can win big on The Farm, producing a season for the ages in 2010.

The prospects for 2011 are even better -- 17 returning starters including Andrew Luck, a likely top-five preseason ranking. Yes, I'm saying that the Cardinal can compete for the national championship.

With the right coach. Petersen might be that guy. The Boise coach's name comes up for literally every job opening. He has built a BCS-busting program that lately has added a shut-down defense to a usually explosive offense. He's also completely happy in Boise, a mini-Oregon that turns two-star players into superstars. Could "Pete" be pried loose by Stanford? It's on the West Coast. Harbaugh proved you could win there despite the academic restrictions. The media crush -- something that bothers Petersen -- wouldn't be much.

Petersen played and began his coaching career at nearby Cal-Davis (104 miles separate the two schools). He knows West Coast (particularly California) recruiting. He's a proven winner. Going to the Pac-12 would be a step up in competition but Petersen has proved he can compete in the BCS arena. Think about the prospect of coaching Luck.

If Petersen says no -- and Bob Bowlsby sure as hell better make him say no -- then the favorite seems to be Stanford assistant Greg Roman, a 37-year-old with 13 years of NFL experience.

Meanwhile, Michigan can now move on unencumbered by Harbaugh speculation. There was a Twitter report that Michigan had sent a plane to Baton Rouge on Friday. One problem. Les Miles is in Dallas for the Cotton Bowl. I'll stick by my original assertion that Miles has a monster team returning and is, for now, content. That could all change in one controversial Cotton Bowl tonight.

That leaves San Diego State's Brady Hoke. Excited, Michigan Men and Women?  


Category: NCAAF
Comments

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2011 9:01 am
 

Harbaugh fills one opening, creates another

Every coach is very happy with his job.  Until a better program in a better location in a better conference offers better money. 



Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Harbaugh fills one opening, creates another

Bo didn't take a solid team and destroy various parts of the team like RR did.  The defense and special teams have reached new lows in RR's 3rd season.  In fact, each team that RR had set the U-M record for points against, first setting the record and then breaking the newly set record the next two years.  The RR experiment in Ann Arbor was undoubtedly a collossal failure, and there is no way he was even close to a Big 10 division crown, Big 10 conference crown, or the National Championship.  He was 3-15 against the key opponents that Brandon identified, the bench mark teams, and wasn't even competitive in many of those games including every one of them played this year.




Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2011 3:42 pm
 

Harbaugh fills one opening, creates another

Let me see, an opportunity to play near home in a real conference with the chance and a team that has national championship capability, unlike boise state. I bet he leaves, Boise State has nothing for him to grow




Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Harbaugh fills one opening, creates another

It should make you sick, but for what he did for your program and you have the audacity to call him a traitor. Your an idiot. He is going to the pro's, he's not making a lateral transfer to another college program. So your saying that you would turn down a promotion if offered to you.



Since: Dec 26, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2011 3:07 pm
 

Harbaugh fills one opening, creates another

RichRod was the solution to Michigan's football woes.  The "inbred" thinking that a "Michigan Man" is the ONLY answer is about as dumb as the AD and supporters that made the premature move to outst the Rod.  The program was only two to three yrs - at most - away from the National Title and return to prominence.  Now the program will be lucky to have a winning season over the next 3 to 4 seasons...and that's if they get a coach who's not as dumb as the rest of the Michigan faithful and takes the job.  Remember, Bo was not a "Michigan Man" when he first arrived on campus!



Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2011 2:30 pm
 

Harbaugh fills one opening, creates another

Hey Scoop, if it "surprised no one by going to Stanford" maybe you shoulda, y'know wrote about it or something before now.  



Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2011 11:22 am
 

Harbaugh fills one opening, creates another

I understand Rich Rodriguez is available and looking...

Wink



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2011 10:40 am
 

Harbaugh fills one opening, creates another

Well, Michigan, there's always John Navarre.



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2011 9:20 am
 

Harbaugh fills one opening, creates another

Is ther any one out there that could be pried lose to take the Stanford job? Harbaugh leaving makes me sick. Another traitor or better yet no loyalty.




Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2011 10:34 pm
 

Harbaugh fills one opening, creates another

yea this is stretched. pete isnt going anywhere


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com