With Jim Harbaugh seemingly not interested in the Michigan job, that has left everyone (including us) speculating as to who would take over for the departed Rich Rodriguez. Yesterday we stated that San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke had to be the top candidate given the available options, but now new names are emerging.
Many have speculated that LSU head coach Les Miles would choose to head to his alma mater if the Wolverines came calling. He was not interested in the position a few years ago, but he also had a national championship roster and was clearly at his peak in Baton Rouge. He doesn’t exactly have the best relationship with LSU’s fanbase at the moment, but his pricey buyout might be too much for Michigan to handle, when you consider how much the school would have to pay him on top of that.
So other than Miles and Hoke, who are Michigan’s options?
One name that has risen to the top of the list is TCU’s Gary Patterson. While Patterson has always been mentioned with every major opening over the past few years, he has seemed content to stay at TCU. But let’s be real here, Patterson’s stock will never be higher than it is right now. TCU is 25-1 in its last 26 games. His Horned Frogs also proved to have one of the best defenses in the nation, while Michigan’s D was embarrassingly bad this season.
Furthermore, the transition from Michigan’s current offense to Patterson’s wouldn’t be that difficult, meaning the Wolverines could likely hang on to star quarterback Denard Robinson.
The only drawback to Patterson – other than the ridiculous salary it would take to dislodge him from TCU – is that he is a control freak. He is incredibly hands-on, which would seem like a good thing, right? Well, Rich Rodriguez had the same reputation when he arrived in Ann Arbor, and that personality quickly rubbed people the wrong way.
Still for a chance to win and change the culture of the team, Michigan fans might be willing to deal with Patterson’s personality.