Michigan Football Coaching Search 2014

Harbaugh is offered a 6 Year $49 Million Contract by Michigan

Michigan paying Korn Ferry (Jed Hughes) between $80-250,000 to conducte Head Football Coach Search

Michigan invested $13.4 Million in Brady Hoke

It's Official, Brady Hoke will NOT return as Michigan Head Football Coach in 2015

Some of the Coaches Mentioned for the Replacement of Brady Hoke at Michigan by Age

FB Coach School/Team Age
Pinkel, Gary Missouri 62
Shanahan, Mike Washington Redskins 62
Miles, Les LSU 61
Cutliffe, David Duke 60
Briles, Art Baylor 58
Bedford, Vance Louisville 56
Trgovac, Mike Green Bay Packers 55
Patterson, Gary TCU 54
Stoops, Bob Oklahoma 54
Richt, Mark Georgia 54
Cameron, Cam Baltimore Ravens 53
Stoops, Mike Oklahoma 52
Harbaugh, Jim San Francisco 49ers 50

Sumlin, Kevin

Payton, Sean

Texas A&M

New Orleans



Malzahn, Gus Auburn 49
Narduzzi, Pat MSU 48
Schiano, Greg Tampa Bay/Rutgers 48
Gundy, Mike Oklahoma State 47
Stoops, Mark Kentucky 47
Jones, Butch Tennessee 46
Mullen, Dan Mississippi State 42

Herman, Tom

Fleck, P.J.

Ohio State

Western Michigan



Other or "Mystery" candidates: Jim Mora Jr.-UCLA (53), Tony Dungy (59), Steve Addazio-Boston College (55), Ed Orgeron (53), Todd Graham-Arizona State (50), Jay Gruden (47), Bret Bielema-Arkansas (44), Kirby Smart-Alabama (38)

Butch Jones, P.J. Fleck, Gary Patterson, Mike Gundy, Steve Addazio, and Mark Stoops have secured contract extentions. Dan Mullen has been offered a contract extention, but hasn't yet signed it. ESPN Sportscaster, Jon Gruden, also earned a contract extention through 2021. Les Miles and David Cutliffe have stated publicly they aren't interested in the job. Tom Herman is Houston's new head coach. Greg Schiano has interviewed at Wisconsin, but Barry Alvarez hired Paul Chryst. At Pittsburgh, Pat Narduzzi has apparently landed as its new Head Coach. Nebraska, Oregon State, Florida and Houston have al hired new coaches while Michigan has waited 28 days for the possibility of Jim Harbaugh who won't complete his season until December 28. Latest rumors speculate that the Harbaugh signing is a "done deal," and a press conference will be held on Tuesday, December 30 for Michigan to name Harbaugh officially as its new head coach.

This is the longest Wolverine Football Coaching Search since Harry Kipke was fired on December 11, 1937, and was replaced by Princeton's Fritz Crisler on February 10, 1938 after Faculty Representative Ralph Aigler interviewed dozens of candidates over 60 days; he chose Crisler over NFL All-Pro Michigan Alum, Benny Friedman, who quarterbacked the Wolverines from 1924-1926, as well as Gus Dorias.

My speculation is that Jim Harbaugh was always Plan A, Dan Mullen, Urban Meyer's former Offensive Coordinator at Utah and Florida was Plan B since he has not signed his contract extention yet. Jim Mora Jr. may have been Plan C with Bob Stoops also warranting strong consideration.

Apparently, D.J. Durkin will be Harbaugh's Defensive Coordinator; if this is true, Durkin could help significantly in recruiting down the stretch. Many Former Wolverines including some who played with Harbaugh could return as well: Andy Moeller-Cleveland Browns OL, Erik Campbell Montreal Alouettes WR, Mike Mallory Jacksonville Jaguars ST/LB or Jim Herrmann New York Giants LB, Jerald Ingram New York Giants or Tyrone Wheatley Buffalo Bills RB, Mike Elston Notre Dame TE, Steve Morrison LB former Syracuse, etc.

Doug Nussmeier will be Florida's new Offensive Coordinator

As a result of Mike DeBoard (Lloyd Carr) running the current operations of the team, and influencing Jim Hackett's search; Les Miles never got strong consideration.