Brady Hoke and Rich Rodriguez are available …
Even after that, Michigan is in the midst of a fantastic season.
It could still go to the Rose Bowl, and at the very least, it’s going to go to a really, really big New Year’s Six bowl.
And yet, there were some out there who couldn’t wait to be all hot takey when suggesting that Michigan has to move on from Harbaugh.
I’m not sure why I’ve become such an apologist, but the guy is 10-2 this year, and there’s a solid chance those two losses came to two College Football Playoff teams – or, one CFPer and a Big Ten champ that will combine to go 25-1 in the regular season.
Yeah, Michigan has an Ohio State problem. You know who else does? Just about everyone else.
As I keep saying/asking … you want to fire Jim Harbaugh? 1) Okay, sport. Who’s your guy? And 2) play the long game on this one.
You know all of those issues it seems like Urban Meyer has? How much longer do you think he’s going to be doing this before he needs a break?
Yeah, it’s totally easy to rip on Harbaugh, and I was right there to point out that Ohio State wasn’t going to close up shop just because he became the Michigan head coach. But he’s overrated?
The guy has won ten games in three of his first four years, and he’s a bowl win away from finishing in the top 11 in those three seasons.
Who else has won ten or more games in three of the last four seasons?
Among Power Five coaches. Urban, Dabo, Nick, Brian Kelly, and Paul Chryst. James Franklin will get there with a bowl win, and Chris Petersen will do it with a win in one of his last two games.
Throw in Boise State’s Bryan Harsin and San Diego State’s Rocky Long from the Group of Five world, and that’s it. Five other Power Five coaches are in that club right now, and by the end of the season, just nine of the 129 other college football head coaches might join Harbaugh in the VIP lounge.
Ol’ Jim … he’s doing just fine.