Long Shot Coaching Candidate: Jim Harbaugh

It is unlikely Miami will turn to the I-AA ranks for a head coach, but if they are looking for someone Jim Harbaugh is a coach on the rise.

Jim Harbaugh has guided San Diego to a 10-1 record this year and is the top offensive team in I-AA averaging 510 yards per game and averaging 44.3 points per game.

Harbaugh, a former NFL quaterback who played 15 seasons, has been a good teacher to his own quarterback Josh Johnson.

In the past two seasons, Johnson has passed for over 6,300 yards and has thrown 70 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions.

In 2005, the 41-year old Harbaugh guided the Toreros to a program-best 11-1 record in only his second year at San Diego.

It is a longshot Harbaugh would be given an opportunity at the University of Miami considering he has only been a head coach for three years, however Harbaugh wouldn't be the only recent Division I-AA coach who has made the jump to major Divison I-A football.

In 2001, Jim Tressel was named the head coach at Ohio State after 15 years at Youngstown State before receiving the position.

Harbaugh has been a winner at every level in his career.

The former NFL first-round pick in 1987 was the AFC Player of the Year in 1995. In 2005, he was inducted into the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor and was one of the most popular players in club history.

Harbaugh was a three-starter at the University of Michigan under Bo Schembechler and as a senior in 1986 he guided Michigan to a No. 2 national ranking as he finished third in the Heisman balloting.

During his final eight seasons in the NFL he was an NCAA-certified unpaid assistant coach under his father, Jack, at Western Kentucky. He was involved in recruiting 17 players on WKU's 2002 I-AA National Championship team. His dad was a football coach for 41 years and his brother John is currently the Special Teams Coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Harbaugh is a bright, young energetic coach, which an offensive mind who has been successful at every level of football. Although he has not coached at a high level, he has been around big-time football and knows what it takes to win.

Regardless of whether or not Harbaugh will even be considered to the UM position, he has a bright future ahead of him and is a name pay attention to.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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