Saturday, February 2, 2013
Jim Harbaugh--Michigan Man or Pretender?
Most Michigan fans will remember the January of 2011. Rich Rodriguez had pretty much sealed his fate in a 38 point loss to Mississippi State. Who was going to take his place? Would Dave Brandon hire someone who is more of a "Michigan Man" such as Les Miles or Jim Harbaugh? The sentiment was widespread that Michigan needed a coach with experience, pedigree, and very importantly one who would run a pro-style offense. The two names that came up the most were Miles and Harbaugh. Now keep in mind that both names were mentioned before RichRod took the position were those same two --Miles and Harbaugh. To get a more accurate idea of what happened behind the scenes you must read John Bacon's book Three and Out to be able to figure out the hoops people went through after Carr left. We all know what has happened in the last few years--Rich was hired, Michigan's program took a nosedive (although Denard tried to salvage it the best way he knew how), Rich was fired, another intensive coaching search, and then the arrival of Brady Hoke. My question is, if we could go back; would Michigan try harder to go after Harbaugh as a coach and would some fans out there still want Harbaugh as Michigan's coach?
I think in time you'll find most of them saying no. We all love Hoke and the Michigan patriotism and chest thumping he brings to the job. So far, Hoke attacks the recruiting trail with such vigor it's hard to imagine anyone else trying to do so. While Michigan still doesn't have a Big Ten championship in his two years of coaching, I've seen people more united under the Michigan banner now than even when Lloyd Carr was coaching. Sure, a few of us are wondering what Harbaugh could have done in his place. If he can make magic out of Kaepernick in the NFL, imagine what he could have done with Denard!
Now it comes down to who are you rooting for in the Super Bowl? Is it because you have a favorite team or player? Is it for fantasy football reasons (shoutout to Blake in my league for having Kaepernick, Flacco, Gore,, Rice, and Smith). Or for Michigan fans...are you rooting for or against the Niners solely due to Jim Harbaugh? Sure it seemed like he rejected Michigan and didn't even show up to the dinner honoring the 1985 team. Are we going to hold that against him? Or can we all be united Michigan fans and root for the first Michigan player to coach a team in the Super Bowl?