If Michigan Fires Rich Rodriguez, Would Fans Prefer Jim Harbaugh or Les Miles?

Brad ThomasContributor IIIAugust 8, 2010

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 28:  Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers calls a play during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Tigers defeated the Razorbacks 33-30 in overtime.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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If the 2010 season does not go well for the Michigan Wolverines then Athletic Director David Brandon will most definitely choose to go another direction with a different head coach.

At this point, however, everything about Rich Rodriguez's job security is purely based upon speculation.

Only time will tell this story and most of us will have a good idea by late October if a change, if any, will be made.

There is no doubt that the recent headlines surrounding compliance issues during Rich Rod's tenure at West Virginia will tighten what is already a shortened leash.

Nevertheless, if a change is made, it is very doubtful that Brandon will offer the job to a coach who has never experienced the inner workings of the Michigan football program.

In fact, one of the biggest complaints about Coach Rich Rodriguez is that he is not a true "Michigan Man."

In the end, Brandon will most certainly make contact with former Michigan players Jim Harbaugh and Les Miles when and if it becomes necessary to replace Rodriguez in Ann Arbor.

The real question for Michigan fans, however, is which "Michigan Man" would they truly  want to come in and lead the program back to the top?

On one hand there is Coach Jim Harbaugh, the former Michigan Quarterback whose family is well known among the college and professional coaching ranks.

He has served as the the head coach at the University of San Diego and most recently Stanford University.

His head coaching career record currently stands at 46-26 and he is certainly well respected on a national level.

On the other hand, you have former player and current LSU coach Les Miles.

Miles also served as the head coach at Oklahoma State University and his overall head coaching record stands at 79-35.

In 2007, he appeared to have been the coach who would have succeeded Loyd Carr, however, he chose to stay with LSU, who went on to defeat Ohio State for the national championship in 2008. 

It is important to note that despite winning the national championship just three years ago, Miles is reported to be on the hot seat in Baton Rouge.

If the opportunity shall arise once more, Miles may not have a choice in making a move  to Ann Arbor.

Thus, if the time does come to make a change, Brandon might have to make a choice between the two or he might choose to go another route.

There will be no doubt, however, that these two former players will be contacted  before Brandon decides to look further.

As fans, let's hope that both are willing to listen and least entertain the idea of coaching in Ann Arbor, which is certainly a pressure cooker for any head coach.

Let's also hope that if a change is made, the search doesn't resemble what happened at Tennessee who went through a list of several candidates before settling on a coach with very little experience.