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Posted on Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 6:46 p.m.

What's next? Jim Harbaugh name still comes up often for Michigan, even if Dave Brandon thinks he's headed to NFL

By Pete Bigelow


With Rich Rodriguez's likeness in the foreground, Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon addresses the media on Wednesday.

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For a guy supposedly not coming to Ann Arbor, Jim Harbaugh sure got plenty of air time during Wednesday’s press conference announcing the firing of football coach Rich Rodriguez at Michigan.

“There has been a lot of Jim Harbaugh noise out there,” athletic director Dave Brandon said. “I’m not deaf to hearing it.”

For good reason.

Stanford's rise toward the top of the polls has coincided with Michigan's tailspin over the past three seasons. Considering Harbaugh's ties to the Wolverines, the comparison has been hard to ignore.

The charismatic former Michigan quarterback took over a one-win program at Stanford in 2006, and the Cardinal improved each year. With an Orange Bowl win Monday, Stanford finished with a 12-1 record.

With Michigan searching for a coach after Rodriguez was fired Wednesday following a tumultuous three-year stint and a 15-22 record, Harbaugh is a wildly popular choice.

Brandon doused that enthusiasm Wednesday. “I personally believe Jim Harbaugh is heading to the NFL,” he said. “But that’s my opinion, as opposed to any qualified judgment.”

Yet he did not rule out a pursuit of the Stanford coach. Brandon said he has spoken to Harbaugh many times over the past three years, but never in a specific conversation about replacing Rodriguez, never with a specific contract offer.

On Wednesday, the first-year athletic director was coy on the subject of whether he’d pursue Harbaugh. “I have talked to Jim Harbaugh,” he said. “I will continue to talk to Jim Harbaugh. He’s a Michigan man.” Rodriguez’s made $2.5 million per year as Michigan’s coach - a figure that puts his salary at roughly the college football average, and one that may be less than half of what Harbaugh could earn in the NFL.

Harbaugh’s agent could not be reached for comment.

No matter who the next coach is, Brandon acknowledged Wednesday the next Wolverines football coach will get a raise.

“We’ve traditionally been in the middle of the pack. That’s been our tradition,” he said. “I don’t necessarily believe that’s appropriate.

“It’s my point that there’s a market out there and you pay for value, and the marketplace dictates what the price tags are.”

A national search will begin immediately. Brandon sketched out the prerequisites for the job. The ideal candidate will be someone who can handle expectations of winning regular Big Ten championships, be capable of modifying their on-field schemes for existing personnel and someone who wins their share of what Brandon described as “red-letter” games.

Under that guideline, Brandon said Rodriguez went 3-15 in such games against Notre Dame and primary Big Ten opponents.

The new coach will almost certainly have prior head-coaching experience, although Brandon said that experience did not necessarily have to come at a BCS-caliber school.

That would leave the possibility open for a coach such as San Diego State’s Brady Hoke, a former assistant coach at Michigan under Lloyd Carr who has a 47-50 overall coaching record.

Previously at Ball State, he inherited a program reeling from NCAA violations. In six seasons, he turned the program around, coaching the Cardinals to a 12-1 record in 2008.

Hoke not only has ties to Michigan, he’s got ties to Harbaugh. Hoke served as a defensive line coach under Jack Harbaugh, Jim’s father, during the mid-1980s at Western Michigan.

The bulk of Hoke’s experience as an assistant came as a defensive line coach, which could be important to Brandon.

Asked whether the he’d be inclined to hire a defensive-minded head coach after the Wolverines just endured the worst defensive season in school history, Brandon said, “Is there a thought of a defensive-minded head coach? There’s a thought of getting a defensive-minded everything. I want the ball boys to be defensive minded.”

As for the offensive-minded Rodriguez, Brandon said Michigan would pay his $2.5 million buyout.

Brandon said he made his decision to fire Rodriguez only late Tuesday night following a three-and-half hour meeting that was the culmination of a thorough review of the football program.

“I have nothing bad to say about Rich,” Brandon said. “When you consider the drama he has dealt with on this campus, I think he has handled himself in an amazingly controlled and measured way.”

Pete Bigelow covers the Michigan football team for He can be reached at (734) 623-2551, via e-mail at and followed on Twitter @PeterCBigelow.



Thu, Jan 6, 2011 : 2:39 p.m.

@blusage I think you are on to something. And Michigan alumni reportedly not happy with Ross's intrusion into the process:


Thu, Jan 6, 2011 : 11:11 a.m.

See previous posting, "Others" include D21. Just a little payback.


Thu, Jan 6, 2011 : 11:09 a.m.

1stDown, Like the thought, change is good, keep the content real. We'd know you whatever you went by. I personally haven't been here long enough so I'm good. (You may have noticed that in my short time here, I got the old coach removed with my stunning logic about special teams, my charming wit in handling tater, LS and the one who's always wrong, and my ability to associate with the Ghost, the Rude one, the transcended 3&O, and many "others".) It's a better day for Michigan and let's hope that DB nails it so 1984 has to make stuff up to get mad about. Man, that would just ruin his day. Go Blue!


Thu, Jan 6, 2011 : 8:39 a.m.

I completely agree with "i love M. Football" concerning Dave Brandon. I also think a third option concerning JH interviewing, maybe he just likes to be wined and dined, lol. I also agree with heartbreak, JH should stay in college wherever he decides to go. He has a gift of working well with young men and i think if he goes NFL, he will discover it is not as fulfilling for him as working with college athletes.


Thu, Jan 6, 2011 : 8:19 a.m.

JH wants nothing to do with his former school or with DB. He expressed his educated opinion several years ago on what was wrong with Michigan and got trashed. He has too much going for him and too much class. He is looking forward, not backward. DB will have to find another solution to re-inventing his pizza sauce.

I love Michigan Football

Thu, Jan 6, 2011 : 7:40 a.m.

I've read some pretty interesting post in here this morning. I have some opinions on the whole matter. I thinks Harbs has started to get some negative feedback around the NFL because everyone feels he has proved nothing to become the highest paid coach in the league. It's sad, but when you deal with the NFL, you are gonna get roasted, it is what it is. I personally have a good feeling about what Brandon is doing, and I do believe he has kept to his word about how he would handle this process. I think that he has gotten tremendous feedback from coaches around the league and will have some good candidates to pick from. It sounds like they are finally gonna pony up and pay someone a decent amount of money, so things look positive for us in that sense. I really honestly feel that Brandon will do whatever it takes to bring the Michigan brand back to an elite status. He knows it starts with the football program and it works it way down to the other sports at the University. I will back whoever the coach will be, because I have that much faith in him making the right decision for us. I also agree that until I see a conference stating that Harbs isn't coming, everything is just here say. I think maybe he is just interviewing to get a feel of what the league is about from a coaching standpoint or maybe he is just money hungry, who knows? But I will say this, EVERYONE has said that Jimmy is looked at as college coach not a professional one. Maybe he is just eliminating possibilities so he has no regrets with the choice he makes. I myself do that and see him doing the same. I like to put everything on the table and eliminate what I don't want and that way I know 100% that I made the right decision.


Thu, Jan 6, 2011 : 4:24 a.m.

Mick Yes came here to the states when I was 3 and agree I'm 100% American and yes still proud of my heritage also. yes move love to my new brother from another mother! Later bro and GO BLUE!


Thu, Jan 6, 2011 : 3:53 a.m.

If Harbaugh is as ambitious as touted, then he should be swayed by the prospect of becoming only the third coach in history win both a college football national championship AND a Super Bowl. He's young enough so that he can come to Michigan, turn the program around, win a national championship -- or two, THEN go to the pros and try to win a Super Bowl. That way EVERYBODY is happy.


Thu, Jan 6, 2011 : 2:13 a.m.

@Jaysham That's interesting we're both from the Middle East, I'm american through and through for a very long time now, but I love my heritage. It's very simple, come to the U.S. and try to assimilate for goddness sakes, not that hard you know? Go Blue my brother from another mother!


Thu, Jan 6, 2011 : 2 a.m.

Thx Jay, let me know how we can get together and watch UM sports over a couple of beers. And you are my brother and indeed GO BLUE!!!!


Thu, Jan 6, 2011 : 1:56 a.m.

Deal for sure I'm in on that.


Thu, Jan 6, 2011 : 1:52 a.m.

Well, Jaysham and 1stDown We all live in SoCal, you guys in the L.A. area and me in S.D., so the three of us have to get together and hang out guys, please advise, Lol!


Thu, Jan 6, 2011 : 1:48 a.m.

@Mick I feel you about the name situation not easy to deal with I was raised in Jackson, Michigan when we moved here from Jordan and my name was always a subject of conversation. I now live in Venice, CA and it is no big deal now. Take care brother and GO BLUE!


Thu, Jan 6, 2011 : 1:40 a.m.

Thx Jaysham for the love man. Mr. 1st Down, no my name is really Mick. I was born in Baghdad and came to the states at the age 5 and my birth given name just didn't cut it back in the day like it would've in todays more accepting world and when I wanted to give myself a new name, I didn't want to be another Mike so I picked Mickey and now people call me Mick cause I'm you know, older. Also, I love the Detroit Tigers and they had Mickey Lolich and Stanley back in the 70's. A different kinda 70's show you know?


Thu, Jan 6, 2011 : 1:26 a.m.

I think JH would be a great fit at Michigan and hold out hope. But if he chooses not to come (likely according to ALL indications), I really hope that he stays at Stanford for a long time. I think Harbaugh really embraces the relationships w/the players, and he just will not get that in the NFL. He will not get loyalty from his players, from his owners, or from the fans unless he is winning and winning big. At Stanford, he will not have 12-1 seasons every year but he will still have a chance to have successful seasons by beating Cal and USC each year. His players will love, old players will come by, and he will have a chance to mold young men. Sounds a lot like somebody else we know? Bo? LC? For the same reason that I'm glad Izzo stayed in college (despite that putting Michigan at a disadvantage), I think college is where Harbaugh belongs and will maximize his potential as coach and leader.

1st Down

Thu, Jan 6, 2011 : 1:19 a.m.

Yeah Mick...but it is the dawn of a new era... move the sticks! First Down Michigan! BTW...the Stones are live on VH1 right now, is that the orgin of your name?


Thu, Jan 6, 2011 : 1:12 a.m.

@ First Down & Mick I agree with you on the Hoke accessment he is a good coach and people on this site are just looking at his overall record and frowning. People look at those programs he took over at, not exactly penthouse programs and he has had good finished products in the end. But seriously people I have total faith In David Brandon to get the right man for the job and Michigan will be just fine again because the "King" is gone! Check Check 1 2 and you don't.


Thu, Jan 6, 2011 : 1:12 a.m.

1st Down, thx for the support on Hoke, especially from someone who played the game like yourself. Did you see my earlier comment that maybe you could keep your 3nOUT moniker bacause we will have a DEF that will cause that? Also, I like the previous pic more also, I love brunettes, especially ones that look like that! And it is cool that Ross asked for permission like that. Looks like dignity is coming back to UM Football!!!

1st Down

Thu, Jan 6, 2011 : 1:01 a.m.

@Bluefire... Harbs turning the down 9ers' if that is so...jives well with that profootballnews reporter who said in the podcast on ESPN radio last night that "Harbaugh is not comfortable with the Yorks".... Thats pretty cool of Ross to ask UM permission to speak to him... hopefully he and Harbs get to talking and Harbs ends up deciding to come here...but the reports are the Ross is willing to pay huge money for Jim... we will see!

1st Down

Thu, Jan 6, 2011 : 12:59 a.m.

@Mick... Hoke's team was impressive in their bowl game. I liked the way that they swarmed to the ball on defense and tackled well, yet stayed disciplined in their assignments. Their QB has a flat out Gun for an arm... if we have to face him with Hoke as their coach next fall its gonna be a tough game because that QB is a future NFL QB.


Thu, Jan 6, 2011 : 12:13 a.m.

@Treetown, All the ladies are of age, I don't appreciate your insinuation. There are mainly women here from college age and up. I wrote this earlier and my comment got deleted but Treetown's is still up. What gives


Thu, Jan 6, 2011 : 12:03 a.m.

Harbaugh apparently gave the 49ers no answer today, and is meeting with Miami tomorrow. Steve Ross, Dolphins owner and said to be one of Michigan's largest benefactors, is reported to have had conversations with UM officials who assured him Harbaugh was not "reciprocating interest" in the UM coaching position.


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 11:15 p.m.

As for Hoke, you know I'm really getting irritated by people who don't know what they're talking about. I would've agreed with most of you 3 yrs. ago that no way on Hoke being UM coach. But, please hear me out when I say that having watched him closely the last couple yrs., this guy has got it going on!! Trust me, he comes off classy and dignified and he obviously can coach. SDSU was losing to teams you could not believe they were losing to and that has come to a screeching halt, and he had his team almost beat a TCU team on the road that's gonna finish in the top 4 in the Nation while beating a Wisc team that whooped UM by 20 pts. in AA. His teams look well put together and sharp on the field with an exciting progressive Offense. I think Hoke would be a great hire. Don't hold it against him because he coached at down trodden programs.


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 11:14 p.m.

Also I want to say something heartfelt to my brethren UM fans: I'm sorry how arrogant this sounds, but I feel like I've been given a special gene that gives me the ability to pick out good coaches, you can laugh now, I guess. We wouldn't be in this mess right now if B. Martin had not screwed up so badly 3 yrs. ago. I wanted B. Kelly as my 1st choice and JH as my 2nd choice, and it seemed like those guys didn't even get a phone call. Harbaugh might still feel miffed about that, hopefully he wouldn't hold it against DB. But I feel that JH is still possible. Like ERM wrote earlier, till we hear it from JH, it ain't a fact! As far as JH's wife is concerned, and this is third party accts., I live in an area of San Diego called Pacific Beach. For those of you not familiar w/this place, well it is considered the hippest party beachtown in San Diego, it hss one of the most concentrated area of hot chicks anywhere in the world!!!! My 24 yr. old nephew came out a couple months ago from MI. for a vaca and I took him out on a Tuesday Nite and we walked from my house to local pubs and I think his neck is still sore from turning it so much. JH supposedly met his present wife at some bar around here and they got it goin' on and she got pregnant, JH must have really dug her cause he divorced and married her and had another child a couple of weeks ago. Trust me when I say that people who live in this area really don't like to leave it. I've lived 19 of my 20 yrs. in San Diego here in PB. So JH just needs to tell her that AA is not Detoit, you know what I mean? So living in the Bay Area must be ok w/her, she just needs to visit AA and maybe she'll fall for it like so many others do when they see the place, I'm hoping.


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 11:13 p.m.

Hire someone already! I need someone to criticize :-)


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 11:12 p.m.

@ 1st down, Ha, I was going to mention that the hair would look great in the newly refurbished stadium. Personally, I think Moeller should still be here, getting into the twilight of his coaching career. As for Jimmy Johns, you really can't challenge his coaching sucess. Oh, and I like the old avatar better, maybe you can change the name to "Pick 6" when the hire is made and make an improvement on it. Its all about defense now!


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 11:05 p.m.

@Tulsatom, great analogy with the awkward girl turned hottie line. @3nOUT and now 1st down, that's funny buddy. Although you could keep the 3nOUT moniker cause we'll have a defense that causes that. I was thinking the same thing about how RR can't shake the bad karma. Seems like a pattern that would indicate you made your bed, now lay in it. Funny to me also how it's something about water leaking and damage, kinda like the leak we had in our Defense (and the rest of the team for that matter). ERM, thank you sir for pointing out the facts everytime someone makes those silly comparisons on JH's record to RR's in the 1st 3 yrs., thank goodness there's no 4th one to come, whew! @BlueGator, I agree on not wanting Gruden for those very same reasons. Besides, I really like him in the booth, he's great there.

1st Down

Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 10:50 p.m.

@treetown...dont want the spokesman for Extendze as our head coach...+ he has to do something with that hair too.


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 10:40 p.m.

The answer is Jimmy Johnson, success at the college and pro level. As for his recruiting ability, do you realy think a man who all these kids have watched for the past ten years on Sunday afternoons would have any trouble getting a seat at their parents kitchen table on a Thursday night in February?


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 10:23 p.m.

Yeah, there's that technicality. I think it's for $2.6M per year. But I think it would be neat to pay them back for beating us in the Gator Bowl and ringing those darned cowbells all game long!


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 10:20 p.m.

Didn't he just sign an extension?


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 10:15 p.m.

How about Dan Mullen of Mississippi State? Unfortunately, they just lost their DC, Diaz, to Texas so they couldn't come over as a twosome. But I think Mullen would be an interesting option.


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 10:08 p.m.

I'm not saying that I want him(Gruden). I agree with you guys, just an interesting name! Other than the names mentioned does anyone know of any dark horses or names that should be talked about.


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 10:01 p.m.

Where is Don Canham when we need hjm?

1st Down

Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 10 p.m.

Dont think Gruden is the way to go....very charismatic but has never done it on the college football level other than as a brief assistant... also has to do something with that hair. Yes, its Harbaugh's allegiance to his wife that trumps everything here...according to that profootballwriter that I referenced above "Harbaugh's wife wants nothing to do with Ann Arbor" Perhaps Brandon can get him to convince her otherwise...but family usually wins out..


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 9:56 p.m.

GoBlue13, Gruden didn't leave any lasting good impressions down here in Tampa Bay. The Bucs are still trying to get over him. Very conservative, almost unimaginative offense. Good defenses, however. Have absolutely no idea how good he would be recruiting. I cringe when I see his name brought up with regard to UM. But, that's only one man's opinion.


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 9:54 p.m.

TIGERS68...What a great idea...Hope DB is reading posts!!


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 9:47 p.m.

Of all the rumored names Harbaugh, Miles, Hoke, Patterson, etc I think the most intriging name that I've seen is Gruden. Don't get me wrong I want Harbaugh or Miles but Gruden would be interesting. Any thoughts?


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 9:41 p.m.

Mr. Brandon, Here's a simple solution to your problem. You sit down with Jimmy, take out a piece of paper and draw 7 lines on it, You fill in the first 5 lines with the names of Yost, Oosterbaan, Crisler, Canham and Schembechler. Jimmy will then ask you, what's this?. You will reply it's a list of "The Legends of Michigan". Jimmy will reply, yea, you're right Dave but why is there 2 blank lines? Dave, you'll reply very simply, Jimmy, those are where our names will be in 20 years or so!!!! The moral of this story is simple, you can give a man all the money in the world but what it really comes down to is how will you be remembered when you're no longer on this earth. Money can't buy you a place in history, it has to be in your heart. Jimmy and you Mr. Brandon, have a golden opportunity laid before you here. In my opinion, there's no amount of money in the world that a real "Michigan Man" would accept to forego the chance to add their names along the 5 LEGENDS I mentioned above. It's almost like Don and Bo got together in heaven and planned it out this way. You 2 boys can't disappoint them now, not to mention all of us still here on earth. Canham and Schembechler, Brandon and Harbaugh, sounds real nice together. Make it happen and one day my grandson will be playing football on Harbaugh Field at Brandon Stadium!!!!


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 9:36 p.m.

I don't know what I'm more sick of seeing. The comparison of RR record and JH record or Tressel, BH small school comparison. BH is not the answer. he is the last resort

The Fan

Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 9:17 p.m.

I think DB wants a high profile coach and Brady Hoke is like the last resort if he can't get one of the top dogs. I can't see BH being the face of Michigan.


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 9:06 p.m.

@3 And Out Interesting. Every marriage requires a 50-50 understanding to make decisions. I know with my wife, if I was the bread-winner, and had a secure job making millions for as long as I wanted, the decision would be with me. Especially if I have family roots and ties to the area.

3 And Out

Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 8:53 p.m.

As I mentioned in another thread...a writer for Profootballnews who claims to be good friends with Harbs went on ESPN radio in Chicago last night and said that Harbs Wife doesnt want to live in Ann Arbor, and Harbs doesnt like the York family that owns the 49ers... even though according to this guy, Michigan has offered to Make Harbs the highest paid coach in CF...he probably wont take it due to his family situation.


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 8:50 p.m.

We want TONY DUNGY! TONY DUNGY is a classy individual with an awesome coaching resume and is from Jackson, MI.


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 8:46 p.m.

My read on the JH situation is that he told DB he's going to the NFL and DB knows it's not his place to announce it to the world, so he just said it was his own personal opinion. Very honorable way to handle the situation. Now...what is everyones opinion on Jon Grudens name coming up? I've always thought he would be a very charismatic coach ala Pete Carroll (without the cheating), but not sure about his resume.


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 8:44 p.m.

@Ghost "RichRod took over one of the nation's best college football teams and one with one of the nation's great football traditions." You must be an Appalachian State grad;)

Craig Lounsbury

Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 8:40 p.m.

My interpretation of DB's response to Harbaugh is he's off the table because.... 1. "we" have no interest in him as our coach or 2. "we" offered him the job and he turned us down.


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 8:38 p.m.

The fun question of the day. Will RR get a job offer at another school before Michigan can name a new Coach?

john n

Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 8:33 p.m.

As a WMU alum, you're more than welcome to contact Bill Cubit.


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 8:25 p.m.

(Quoted from Theo) "western michigan 28 Michigan 7 We just don't have the speed." He doesn't even know who the next coach will be and Theo is all doom and gloom. How quickly the supposed "True Blue" become "Non-fans." I don't see anything on the 49ers twitter page about hiring anyone. I personally like the indirect and public dialogue coming from Dave Brandon to Jim Harbaugh. I think Dave Brandon is saying he wants Jim to be the next coach, but Brandon has a plan that leads Michigan back to the top, and that plan works with or without Jim Harbaugh. One thing has held true through the process, and that is Dave Brandon's word. He said when it would happen and it happened accordingly. I believe his word is good and trust whatever he has planned for Michigan will succeed. This thing has been messy mostly because of the media. If Fox2's Ryan Ermanni doesn't make the news before it happens, this wouldn't have looked like such a mess. I'm very critical of, but kudos to the staff for having the integrity to hold off posting headlines prematurely. Go Blue!


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 8:19 p.m.

Only one person knows what Jim Harbaugh going to do. His poppa Jack!


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 8:03 p.m.

heartbreakM -- I totally agree with you. I'm surprised more people haven't noticed.


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 7:58 p.m.

Hometown...did I miss the announcement that JH is the new coach at UM?


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 7:58 p.m.

Gary Patterson!!!!


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 7:56 p.m.

I hope Brandon does not hire Brady Hoke! Michigan can do better!!


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 7:55 p.m.

The details of that lawsuit coincide with the days leading into the Gator Bowl. Could that have affected the preparation of the team? They could not have gotten rid of that guy soon enough. How much more will we find?


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 7:49 p.m.

Michigan 7 WMU 0 We have the defense.

3 And Out

Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 7:47 p.m.

Bo Knew Big Ten Football Excellence Dave Brandon Does too Rich Rod did not 1 Speedy player didnt make a team Excellent 3 And Out


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 7:47 p.m.

Papabear: Brandon said it (JH's professional direction) at least twice during the presser today, and repeated it on a radio show (the Huge Show). I just don't think it's appropriate.

3 And Out

Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 7:45 p.m.

More Bad News for Rich Rod. This guy attracts lawsuits like flies on cotton candy in a carnival parking lot. Attorney sues Rodriguez over sale of home 1/5/2011 2:00 PM By Chris Dickerson -Monongalia Bureau Rodriguez MORGANTOWN - A Weirton attorney is suing former West Virginia University and newly fired Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez over problems with the purchase of the coach's Morgantown home.


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 7:26 p.m.

My read of is that Brandon is indicating to Harbaugh that the job is his, but he has to decide quickly. If Harbaugh's going to be coy about it, Brandon is ready to look elsewhere.


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 7:23 p.m.

I doubt Harbaugh is coming to Ann Arbor. He is kind of like the girl who longed for you to ask her out when she was young and a little awkward but you didn't think she was good enough for you. Now that she's turned into Cindy Crawford you're interested but she doesn't want anything to do with you anymore. Karma. Michigan had their chance at Harbaugh but chose what was behind door #2 instead. With that said, I hope they get a great coach and one that will bring them back to prominence.


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 7:23 p.m.

JH is the 49ers coach less than an hour ago. See the Twitter account of the 49ers. There was an article over the weekend which says that talks between UM and JH broke down last weekend and JH turned down a reported 5.2 million offer. Seemed that report was true. Good luck to JH for going to the NFL. UM has to find another right guy for the job.


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 7:22 p.m.

Interesting that Harbaugh's record at Stanford during his first 3 years was 17-20, somewhat similar to RR record at 15-22...


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 7:22 p.m.

1bit wrote "It seems clear to me from Brandon's language that the job is Harbaugh's if he wants it." That's not clear to me from what DB has said. DB may be trying to explain not bothering contacting Harbaugh...I hope that is NOT true. If RR had a six year contract, I'd hope JH had been offered seven.


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 7:20 p.m.

heartbreakM do you mean "didn't say that" instead of "stop saying" He said it one time.


Wed, Jan 5, 2011 : 7:05 p.m.

Really wish that DB would stop saying "Harbaugh has expressed an interest in NFL" or whatever. DB is not Harbaugh's agent, his buddy, or his brother. DB is the official representative of Michigan's athletics and should be concerned whether Harbaugh is interested in Michigan and Michigan only. If he is not, then just say "Harbaugh turned down an interview" or whatever. Harbaugh himself has not expressed publicly what he is interested in. Why is DB doing it for him? After the embarrassing process, DB is furthering the embarrassment and making sure that there will be no relationship between JH and UM. Let JH make his own pronouncements.