Regarding UM's potential coaching search; perhaps they find themselves in the shoes Ohio State was in when we fired John Cooper. Looking back on Ohio State's progression to national power over the past 30+ years the hire to move John Cooper could be seen as the beginning. Cooper upped the ante in recruiting tremendously and got us to be competing for national titles. In any case, he built the brand over his tenure to the extent that he could so that the program Tressel inherited was able to quickly win a title largely with Cooper's recruits. We all know the history from there.
As much of a joke we think UM is today they are stronger than they were under Hoke, but is Harbaugh the guy that can get them to the next level? Harbaugh may be UM's Cooper, he's improved them from the doldrums of Rich Rod and Hoke, but it's going to be up to someone else to take it to the next level.