The biggest issue regarding Jim Harbaugh becoming Michigan's next football coach
Remember Tom Izzo, and his courting with the Cleveland Cavaliers? Dan Gilbert's devotion to Michigan State, alma mater, is unquestioned, but what didn't he do to try to get Izzo to coach his NBA team?
So why would anybody think it will be any different when it comes to Stephen Ross, as prominent a Michigan alum as there is, and the owner of the Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins are a disappointing 7-7, just the 11th seed in the AFC and very unlikely to make the playoffs. In three years, Joe Philbin, Miami's head coach, is 22-24. It's unlikely he will be back next season.
These are the factors that likely would make the Dolphins more appealing to Harbaugh than Michigan:
- The Dolphins possess one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL in Ryan Tannehill, and a solid defense. It is not a major rebuilding job like at Michigan. The Dolphins are capable of winning now.
- The NFL pays more. Harbaugh would likely make more than $8 million per year as the Dolphins' coach. Only Alabama's Nick Saban at $7.1 million makes more than $5.6 million among current college coaches.
- For all the waxing poetic about how Harbaugh is a "Michigan man," he is also an NFL man. He's played or coached in the NFL two decades. It's clearly his comfort zone.
- The NFL is all about coaching. The recruiting game is out of equation.
It's an interesting situation with Ross. Nobody has ever donated more money to Michigan. The business school is named after him.
But it would be naïve to believe he wouldn't take Harbaugh as the head coach of the Dolphins because of his alma mater.
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