A lot of the speculation regarding Michigan’s coaching search has focused on San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. However, according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, there are several other NFL coaches on the school’s radar, including Harbaugh’s older brother, John.
Michigan has maintained a desire to land Harbaugh’s brother, John, as well, sources said, but the Ravens coach has made it clear he has no interest in leaving Baltimore. Other NFL coaches on the school’s radar include New Orleans’ Sean Payton, Buffalo’s Doug Marrone and Dallas’ Jason Garrett (who is expected to sign an extension with the Cowboys shortly after the season).
Based on that list, it really looks like Michigan is trying to hit a home run with its next hire. Of that group, only Marrone has been a head coach in college, as he led Syracuse to a 25-25 record from 2009-2012. Conversely, Garrett is the only member of that group to never coach in college in any capacity.
Payton has not coached at the college level since 1996, when he was the QB coach at Illinois, but he has been wildly successful with the Saints, as he has accrued a 78-47 record and won a Super Bowl. John Harbaugh is in a similar situation — his most recent college gig was in 1997 as the defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator at Indiana, but he has done an excellent job in Baltimore, and he led the squad to a Super Bowl.
What do you think, Michigan fans? Is there anyone in that group who you would like the Wolverines to target?