Reports are swirling today that Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh is not interested in heading to Ann Arbor to take over for Rich Rodriguez at Michigan. Apparently it will be the NFL or staying at Stanford for Harbaugh, which leaves Michigan in an unenviable position.
With guys like Will Muschamp and Randy Edsall off the coaching board, the Wolverines likely have just one place to turn in their search (this is all assuming Rodriguez is fired later today, as almost everyone thinks he will be). That one place would be current San Diego State coach Brady Hoke.
Hoke has worked wonders with the Aztecs and has stated openly that the only job he’d leave SDSU for would be Michigan. Hoke was an assistant in Ann Arbor under Lloyd Carr from 1995-2002.
Hoke is from Dayton, Ohio and played at Ball State. So he knows the Midwest inside and out. His time at Michigan earned him his first head coaching job at his alma mater, where he lead the Cardinals to a 12-1 record in his sixth year (in 2008). He left for San Diego State after that and has led a remarkable turnaround there. After a 4-8 season last year, the Aztecs went 9-4 this year, including an impressive win over Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl.
This year the Aztecs also had two wins ripped from them by horrible replay decisions at Missouri and BYU. And they played TCU tougher than anyone other than Wisconsin.
If Michigan came calling, Hoke would leave San Diego State. Everyone knows it, and now that Harbaugh is seemingly out of the running, he Hoke should be the first and only call the Wolverines make.