If Jim Harbaugh takes the Minnesota Vikings head coaching job, here are 5 candidates Michigan should consider if it really is a big deal

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Who’s got it better than us? Apparently the Minnesota Vikings

Jim Harbaugh likes to be wanted.

At the immediate moment he’s about to go through the final interview process with the Minnesota Vikings for their head coaching job.

Considering they’re not about to cede the power he might want, this is hardly a done deal. This is all based on one giant IF.

Cheerfully ignore all of this if and when the guy is back doing his thing back in the college ranks.

However, if Harbaugh really is gone to the NFL – which we’ve all been waiting for since the moment he took the Wolverine gig – Michigan needs to act the part with its coaching search. It needs to be thinking really big-or-bust.

Take a moment and realize what’s happening here. For all the slings and arrows thrown Jim Harbaugh’s way, if he’s gone, he’s the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. The guy really was pretty good – he never, ever got enough credit for winning 71% of his games in Ann Arbor.

So if he’s off, Michigan needs a coach who can take that next step up.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, beating Ohio State is nice, but Michigan needs to beat Alabama, or whatever the hot SEC team is in each of the next bazillion years. Who’s that coach who can step in and win a national title?

Mike Hart? Maybe he’s the next Fielding Yost, but that’s a big risk to take on a guy with a running back coach resumé.

Matt Rhule? To be totally honest, I’ve never understood it. He did a great job turning around Baylor, but he’s always been a tad overloved and overappreciated by the coaching carousel community.

The guy had one very nice year with the Bears and parlayed that into the Carolina…

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