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That Jim will bring his guys with him, or appoint the same thing? What are those job descriptions?

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he'd bring them with him. He'd most likely call plays anyway so it won't matter.

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his given name is George Patrick. His father was George, so he took a nickname.

Harbaugh has his OC and his running game coordinator. I doubt that would change.

Hadn't seen him listed as anything but Geep (pronounced like jeep) before. I figured it was an ethnic name. Might have to read his bio again :lol:

Been a while since a team I followed closely took on a college coach. I know he won't be able to bring his entire staff (and wouldn't necessarily want to). I may have to go back and look at Petrino and Saban's staff hires just to see where they came from.

I know Petrino got Zimmer from the pros (think he was out of contract at the time) and I was thinking he had Emmitt Thomas too but I'd have to look it up.

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Last Updated: December 14. 2010 10:22PM

Lynn Henning

Even if Michigan comes calling, will Jim Harbaugh be interested?

Bob Bowlsby, athletic director at Stanford, has a nice, prioritized list of people he will approach when Jim Harbaugh decides to move his coaching office to the NFL — or, perhaps, to another university, maybe even one in Ann Arbor.

Bowlsby was contacted last week but cannot discuss the Harbaugh situation for reasons that aren't greatly surprising. He still has a coach. He will wait for events to decide if he needs to replace Harbaugh as Cardinal head coach.

What is known at Stanford is this: Harbaugh is too hot of a name, and a man with too many ambitions, to expect that he will stay at one of the great universities in America. It has nothing to do with Stanford. It has everything to do with a 46-year-old firebrand, whose passion for coaching includes seeking new adventures and challenges.

The question for Michigan is whether Harbaugh would consider his alma mater as a next stop. That is, if Dave Brandon, Michigan's athletic director, decides in a few weeks to end the Rich Rodriguez vigil by firing his head coach, which is the unnecessarily ugly and protracted scenario that appears likely.

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Is the NFL calling?

There is much to suggest Harbaugh would opt for Michigan. But those close to him believe he has ultimate plans for coaching in the NFL, providing the right combination of factors come together.

1. He must have an owner he can trust, and trust not to meddle with his decisions.

2. He must have a quarterback.

The belief today among those familiar with Harbaugh is that he would be a cinch to take either of two NFL jobs if they were to open up: the Chicago Bears, where he had his best years as a NFL quarterback under Mike Ditka; and the San Diego Chargers, where he once resided and coached and where he retains family ties from his first marriage.

Those two teams just happen to have owners Harbaugh is likely to find compatible (the McCaskeys at Chicago; Alex Spanos at San Diego), as well as two hotshot quarterbacks: Jay Cutler and Phillip Rivers.

Of course, there happen to be a couple of problems at Chicago and San Diego. There aren't any openings. The Bears are leading the division and Lovie Smith likely isn't going anywhere but to the playoffs. San Diego, too, has rebounded nicely and has a shot at the postseason, which should buy time for the Chargers' fans ever-frustrating target, Norv Turner.

There is a third possibility, and a good one: Carolina. The Panthers are, by all accounts, saying farewell to John Fox. Carolina could also end up with the first pick in the 2011 NFL draft. And, for the Panthers, that pick might well be a quarterback, Andrew Luck, who right now is attending practices at Stanford and reporting to a head coach named Harbaugh.

Michigan man through and through

Timing, though, is everything as Harbaugh considers his next move. Luck is a junior and has until Jan. 17 to decide if he will make himself available to the NFL. Harbaugh would want some assurances there if he were to take the Carolina job. Presumably, he would have a decent read on the thoughts of a Heisman Trophy finalist he helped groom the past three years.

The question is whether Michigan would trump those potential NFL overtures. Another concern is how long Harbaugh, should he be recruited to replace a fired Rodriguez, would hang at the Big House before the NFL itch returned.

Michigan State can tell Michigan lots of stories about conflicted head coaches and their career anxieties, none of them anything the Wolverines would care to repeat.

But the opportunity to be his own version of the man he knew as a boy and who later coached him, Bo Schembechler; to take complete control of a magnificent program where he would be in charge of personnel and a team's on-the-field execution — that fire hasn't been quelled in the minds of anyone who knows Harbaugh.

To underscore how much Harbaugh appreciates the Big Ten, it's important to remember how impassioned he became four years ago at the thought of becoming head coach at another Big Ten university: Michigan State, just after John L. Smith had been fired.

Granted, this was in the days before Stanford hired him away from the University of San Diego, but Harbaugh was so exhilarated by the thought of coaching a major program in a conference, and within a recruiting region, he knew intimately, that he would have crawled to East Lansing to put his imprint on a team waiting for its potential to be exploited. Even if it was his alma mater's hated rival.

You can imagine the fury he would bring to the Wolverines.

Decent read

http://detnews.com/article/20101214/OPINION03/12140411/Even-if-Michigan-comes-calling--will-Jim-Harbaugh-be-interested

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Well wonder who it will be? As inquiring minds want to know. Looks like Harbaugh will be the leading candidate so far.

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I know, and filling in the rest of the staff will be interesting too. I wonder how many people will the Panthers look at? I'd say 4-5; harbaugh has to be first on the list.

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I know, and filling in the rest of the staff will be interesting too. I wonder how many people will the Panthers look at? I'd say 4-5; harbaugh has to be first on the list.

History says it might only be two.

When they hired Seifert, he was their only interview. From what I remember, Capers might have been the only one in 1995 too.

In 02, they interviewed Fox and Spurrier. They were interested in Dungy but I can't recall if an actual interview took place (don't think so, but I could be wrong).

This will be the first time the Panthers have been subject to the Rooney Rule (enacted in 03) so it'll likely have to be two. The past would seem to indicate they aren't big on browsing.

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if we keep any of are coaches it better be meeks and if we get ride of anyone it better be davidson

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the coach from the Rooney rule would have to be from our own staff, Baker, or Meeks, and then maybe 2 other guys, I would say at this point, harbaugh/schotty(unless they go far in playoffs) then maybe Grimm?

Bringing the ideas of coaches in the playoffs, this would favor harbaugh because their bowl game will be over before the playoffs even start. Is there a rule as to when we can start/search or name a new coach? Could it be the day after the season is over?

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Fox contract is really up in February.There isnt any rule that says you cant hire another coach before the contract is up. What i think will most likely happen is after the last game of the season the upcoming week fox will be let go an they just pay out that contract in to february. But dont look for a shock into we will find out who our coach is it wont be 1 week. Going back through history it took the panthers at least to 2 to 3 weeks to find there coach. So we might not find out into February.

Also look for Ray Horton or Hue jackson to be a candiate under the Rooney rule.

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History says it might only be two.

When they hired Seifert, he was their only interview. From what I remember, Capers might have been the only one in 1995 too.

In 02, they interviewed Fox and Spurrier. They were interested in Dungy but I can't recall if an actual interview took place (don't think so, but I could be wrong).

This will be the first time the Panthers have been subject to the Rooney Rule (enacted in 03) so it'll have to be two. But the past would seem to indicate they aren't big on browsing.

they definitely spoke with Fox and Dungy. It was Spurrier I didn't have information on us interviewing.

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