Michigan “struggling” to find their next head coach

Amid reports that today could be Brady Hoke’s final day as head coach at Michigan, I reached out this morning to a number of connections in the coaching profession – both NFL and college. The feedback I heard isn’t going to excite many at Michigan; in fact, one source was very blunt, saying “Michigan is struggling to find their next head coach.”

Michigan athletic director Jim Hackett and senior assistant athletic director Mike DeBord have spoken with a number of potential candidates is the what I’m told; and the reception thus far hasn’t been positive. We are told that the Michigan administration was hoping to have largely have their man identified by now and that does not appear to be the case as calls were ongoing yesterday.

Multiple sources I spoke with told me Jim Harbaugh has already told Michigan that he is not a candidate.

Sources tell us that Michigan has reached out to Butch Jones as well. Jones will not be a candidate at Michigan.

It is our understanding from sources at Michigan that there is significant disagreement within the building in Ann Arbor regarding the potential candidacy of Les Miles. Hackett very much considers Les a friend and a candidate he would like to pursue. Others in the department do not believe this is in the best interests of Michigan and fear that Les would publicly acknowledge their interest but ultimately choose to remain at LSU, giving the Michigan search a very public black eye.

Multiple sources we spoke with feel Michigan will ultimately wind up going “outside the family” for their next head coach. As always, we’ll keep you posted on The Scoop.

45 Comments

45 Comments

  1. Joe S

    December 2, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    As opposed to the black eye they’ve had for about a decade? This is why their program has faded. No guts.

    • Go Gators!

      December 2, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      No way Harbaugh goes there. That’s a pipe dream!

      And please leave the Tennessee coach . . . he’s over-rated and still can’t win with more talent than the vollies have had for years.

      Sad that once big times programs like Florida and MeatChicken can’t snap their fingers and get whoever they want any more. The landscape has changed. Just get someone who can beat Urban Liar and we’ll all be happy.

  2. CH

    December 2, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    This report couldn’t be any more false. Find some new sources cause these ones are just making stuff up.

  3. Jeff Snyder

    December 2, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Obviously this writer is throwing **** at the wall & seeing what will stick! SMDH!!!

    Talk about a hack job!

    • Paul

      December 2, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      Because….You don’t like what he’s telling you. Sound a little butt hurt.

      • argo

        December 2, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        No, because he really has no sources and is reporting for clicks. You mad?

      • Mike

        December 3, 2014 at 10:51 AM

        No, Because they just fired a coach YESTERDAY. How can they be struggling when the search just BEGAN.

  4. Rich

    December 2, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    As a Husker fan, PLEASE HIRE BO PELINI! He will return Michigan to a solid middle of the pack team, produce 9 wins a year and get you to the cereal bowl every year! his sideline antics are legendary, and it will guarantee a win for Nebraska every time!

    • Derek

      December 2, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      Yeah. Because Nebraska was so good with Bill Callahan…..

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  6. Brad

    December 2, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Who is “footballscoop.com”? This article is the first time I have ever heard of their existence….

  7. JamesB

    December 2, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Funny many sources already claim it’s a done deal with Harbaugh!!

  8. Schemmy

    December 2, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    I question your source. My source (rock solid/ rarely wrong) is saying Harbaugh WILL be the next coach at Michigan. It will not be announced today however. GO BLUE!!!!

  9. losrobles

    December 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    CHARLIE WEISS!

  10. Tony

    December 2, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Not true. MGOBLUE already said this article is FAKE. Harbaugh, still very much in the mix.

  11. The Truth

    December 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    This writer has just apologized to the Michigan Athletics Department for writing a false report. I saw the email.

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  13. James Joseph Harbaugh

    December 2, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Guys, I’m really not coming back to Ann Arbor to freeze my ass off.

    You only return to college if you fail at the NFL. I haven’t yet. Come talk to me when the search opens again in 5 years.

  14. Scott Roussel

    December 2, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    I am Elmer J. Fudd. I own a mansion and a yacht. I am Elmer J. Fudd. I own a mansion and a yacht.

  15. Chris

    December 2, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    All you Michigan fans dissing Scott…hahahahahaha. Ignorance is unbecoming.

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  20. Gary

    December 2, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    I would like to see JACK Harbaugh!!! If anyone has seen the bios on John and Jims success, they send tape to papa and ask for advice. Therefore, Jack would be a great fit. Also, he was a Bi Schembechler assistant. How does everyone else feel about that.

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  24. Tim Yagle

    December 2, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    not even close to being true because the search has not started yet. To say that the program is ‘struggling’ is farcical and completely untrue.

  25. JGinMI

    December 2, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Another empty article by a so-called analyst or sports writer. “I heard”, “multiple sources”, rumors, heresay, etc. etc. etc. No point to any of this. Struggling describes this article.

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  27. Mountaineer Fan

    December 2, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    since you took our beloved Rich Rod, you owe us one and should take Dana Holgorson…….Please!

  28. If

    December 2, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    STAY OUT OF KNOXVILLE

  29. Charlie

    December 2, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    I can’t say I blame Butch Jones. A bad day at Tennessee is better than the best day at Michigan!

  30. Kyle

    December 3, 2014 at 7:03 AM

    Enough of this Michigan man shizz. So tired of it. Harbaugh is a pipe dream and Miles will use Michigan to get another extension at LSU. I would rather have Narduzzi or Herman than some of these candidates they are spewing out there right now. The home run coach in my opinion would be Bob Stoops. If he is looking for a fresh start Michigan would be a good place to do so (This is a pipe dream as well).

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  37. Buck Eye

    December 4, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    U of M – If you can’t get Jim Harbaugh or Les Miles, you should consider Bo Pelini! Nebraska was crazy to give up a consistent 9 win coach.

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  39. curtis lowe

    December 5, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Good luck Big Blue. Go get Derrick Dooley from the Cowboys. Stay away from Butch Jones. The Vols hit a homerun with Jones. He even looks like General Neyland. He is all VOL !

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