Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The biggest issue regarding Jim Harbaugh becoming Michigan's next football coach

We've seen this one before...
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.

My column. New faces, but same problems for the Tigers: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20141213/pat-caputo-new-names-but-same-problems-for-detroit-tigers

My column. Ugly win by Lions paints a beautiful picture: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20141214/pat-caputo-ugly-win-by-detroit-lions-paints-a-beautiful-picture


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Except Mr Ross himself has said he would rather see Jim in AA

3:38 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Except that Harbaugh WILL, indeed, be paid well by Michigan. He WILL, indeed, make more than Saban, who, coincidentally, is an ex-sparty, who said publicly that he was tired of being in the shadow of Michigan. So, how poetic will it be that the highest-paid college coach will be a Michigan coach? Saban will once again be eclipsed by Michigan, so he can stop around and have his temper tantrum and deal with his explosive diarrhea

2:49 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting, but you overlooked something. As long as a guy named Brady is playing in New England, conceivably another 3-4 years, the Dolphins have little chance to even win their own division. And Buffalo's coming on as well. Even Ross would likely only give him a 3-4 window to show him the promised land before giving him the boot, and he'd go in competing against a stacked deck.
True, Michigan would be a total rebuild job, but there's nowhere to go but up, and Harbaugh has proven he can quickly resurrect a college program. Besides, it's his alma mater, and consider what sort of "conquering hero" he would be "hailed" as if he turned the Wolverines around like he did Stanford.
The money? Does it really matter whether it's 6 or 8 million? To boot, it's in the Harbaugh family DNA to be ultra-competitive about everything. The thought here is JH would rather be out hitting the college recruiting trail in the off season rather than sitting around wondering what moves his GM at Miami will make next.
He likely can't win big at either place in the next few years, but he could become an icon at one place. And it's not Miami.

3:30 AM 
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8:56 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Current offer from Michgan is $49M over 6yrs. That's $8+ Million per year...I thought "the NFL pays more"??

8:42 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8 million/6 year would make Jim the highest paid coach in College or the NFL.

Only Sean Peyton makes 8 million on a 5 year deal.

10:44 PM 

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