Michigan Football: Jim Harbaugh, Les Miles and 10 Michigan Man Options

Matt RudnitskyCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2011

Michigan Football: Jim Harbaugh, Les Miles and 10 Michigan Man Options

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 06:  Head coach Les Miles of the Louisiana State University Tigers watches pregame before playing the Alabama Crimson Tide  at Tiger Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    Michigan football, in dire need of a replacement for the fired Rich Rodriguez, will likely want to look in a completely different direction than they did for the last Wolverines head coach.

    Rodriguez wasn't considered a "Michigan Man," a term that most use to describe the type of person who embodies the culture of the school.  A "Michigan Man" usually went to school at U of M in Ann Arbor, but for potential coaching candidates, someone who has coaching ties here could also be considered one.

    Stanford Cardinal coach Jim Harbaugh, LSU Tigers coach Les Miles and San Diego State's Brady Hoke are the three Michigan Man candidates mentioned most often, but they aren't the only ones who should be considered.

    Here's a list of the top 10.

10. Desmond Howard, ESPN Analyst

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 28:  NFL player Desmond Howard and his wife Rebkah attend the premiere of the Power Of The Game at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival April 28, 2007 in New York City.  (Photo by Steven Henry/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
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    Howard was a great player for Michigan, and is a pretty good college football analyst.

    Obviously he's not a realistic option, but this shows how deep we have to dig if the search is restricted just to a Michigan Man.

9. Lloyd Carr, Former Head Coach, Michigan

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    ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Lloyd Carr of the Michigan Wolverines yells toward his players during their victory over the Florida Gators in the Capital One Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2008 in Orlando, Florida. Michigan defeated Flor
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    A true Michigan Man.

    This isn't happening, but we can dream of recapturing past glory.

8. Mike DeBord, Former Assistant Coach, Michigan

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    A Michigan Man who served various assistant coaching positions with the Wolverines (including offensive coordinator and assistant head coach).

    He was the head coach at Central Michigan from 2000-2003, but wasn't exactly successful with a 12-34 record.

    It's hard to fault him for failing at Central Michigan, but this is more than a long shot.

    DeBord is currently the tight ends coach for the Chicago Bears.

7. Greg Frey, Offensive Line Coach, Michigan

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    A current Michigan man, Frey has coached arguably the most successful position group for Michigan during his short tenure.

    It's unlikely an offensive line coach would be promoted to head coach, but it did happen with Tom Cable. Stranger things have happened.

6. Fred Jackson, Running Backs Coach, Michigan

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    Jackson has been a part of the Wolverines coaching staff since 1992, longer than any coach in the program.

    He was the only member of the coaching staff that Rich Rodriguez retained when becoming head coach. In 2001, Jackson was awarded the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year award.

    But then again, he has zero head coaching experience.

5. Tony Dungy, Former Head Coach, Indianapolis Colts

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    INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 28:  Head coach Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts talks to fans prior to the start of the game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium December 28, 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    Dungy isn't really a Michigan Man, but he played and coached at Minnesota, so he has Midwestern/Big Ten ties.

    And he spurned Michigan State to play at Minnesota, so that scores him some points.  He's also a great coach.

    Too bad there's almost no chance of him coming.

4. Calvin Magee, Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator, Michigan

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    Magee came with Rich Rodriguez to Ann Arbor, and you can't argue with his teams' offensive success.

    He's a current Michigan Man and with all of Michigan's problems being what they are, you can't blame the team's offensive coordinator.

    He isn't a likely option because he's never been a head coach, but it's worth noting that he was the 2007 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Assistant Coach of the Year and a finalist for the Broyles Award.

3. Brady Hoke, Head Coach, San Diego State Aztecs

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    MUNCIE, IN - NOVEMBER 25:  Head coach Brady Hoke of the Ball State Cardinals stands on the field during the Mid-American Conference (MAC) game against the Western Michigan Broncos at Scheumann Stadium November 25, 2008 in Muncie, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy
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    Hoke worked wonders at Ball State and now San Diego State, and he is a Michigan Man.

    While he isn't an alumnus, Hoke was an assistant at Michigan from 1995-2002, coaching the defensive line for Lloyd Carr.

    He led Ball State to an undefeated season in the MAC in 2008.

2. Les Miles, Head Coach, LSU Tigers

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 13:  Head coach Les Miles of the Louisiana State University Tigers runs on to the field during pregame before playing the  Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Tiger Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chr
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    Played under Bo Schembechler and was a former assistant at Michigan.

    He's won a national title and succeeding in the demanding SEC.  Despite all of the knocks against his in-game coaching, he knows how to recruit and win games.

1. Jim Harbaugh, Head Coach, Stanford Cardinal

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    MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 03: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Stanford Cardinal looks on after Stanford won 40-12 against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrma
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    A former Michigan quarterback who finished third in the 1986 Heisman Trophy ballot.

    Harbaugh is certainly a Michigan Man, and a great coach to boot.

    Matt Rudnitsky is a student at the University of Michigan and a Featured Columnist/writing intern at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Mattrud.