Sunday, January 9, 2011

Obligatory Michigan Coaching Search Post

Well we know Jim Harbaugh isn't coming, so I guess I am in the majority of fans worried about the future. So where does that leave us?

Les Miles- Current LSU coach, former Michigan player and assistant coach under Bo. Here is the EDSBS rundown of Miles' year.  He may not get along with Pizza honcho Dave Brandon, however...
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Brady Hoke- Another former Michigan assistant coach. He has done well in his stops at Ball State and San Diego State, but is that enough of a track record? He also looks like Jeff Garlin from Curb Your Enthusiasm...

Jon Gruden-Super Bowl Winner who recently met with Dave Brandon. He would probably cost a couple of draft picks, but the Super Bowl Ring could work better than Snake Oil. He also has movie star looks...

Gary Patterson-He has turned TCU into a National power, but has turned down offers from BCS conference teams before, and now has TCU headed to the Big East which, hold on let me check......Yep, is still a BCS conference. He doesn't have many funny pictures, which excludes him in my book, but he does share a name with an illustrator with an unhealthy obsession with weiner dogs. I would like him, but its a longshot at best.

Chris Peterson-Excelling at Boise State, but doesn't seem inclined to leave his small pond. He also shares a name with another Michigan employee, which could lead to problems with payroll and health care benefits. I also don't see the fan base (i.e. donors) giving the "O.K." to change the color of the playing surface. I also have concerns about his defensive skills, as he couldn't stop Oregon RB LeGarrette Blount from punching his way through the defense....
Hat Tip to LSUFREEK, who is a .gif master
Surprise candidate no one is mentioning right now-Probably overrated, and will want way too much money. Not a "Michigan Man", and is not ready for Big Ten Football.

If I had to put percentages on it, I would go....
Patterson/Peterson 1%
Surprise Guy-10%
Jim Harbaugh-5%
Urban Meyer-4&
I am holding out hope that Harbaugh pulls an extended practical joke on us all, or Urban Meyer has a change of heart, and gets the urge to coach again.
Either way, I hope this is cleared up soon, and by soon I mean Monday or Tuesday. Michigan is already losing recruits at an alarming rate, and one bad class can mean no bowl game down the road.

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