The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.
Carnage is being dealt in Ann Arbor. The last few major donor holdouts, namely Stephen Ross, Miami Dolphins owner and billionaire real estate developer who has donated over $200 million to the University, pulled their support of Brandon earlier this week--or, at least, they stopped not voicing their non-support. In other words, Zeus has come down from the mountaintop, and the god of gods only mingles among the commoners for two things: f#ckin' and fightin', and, buddy, he wasn't smilin'.
Harbaugh may or may not be (or definitely is, write it down) coming, but Dave Brandon's removal marks the first obstacle cleared in a path which could result in his accepting the Michigan job. To be clear, though, opening a path for Harbaugh was a secondary cause for Brandon's resignation. Over the last two years, Brandon has given the Michigan Board of Regents and President Mark Schlissel just so many reasons, as pointed out here by the smartest sports blog in America, MGoBlog (no, really, even if you're not a Michigan fan you should check them out--they're brilliant).
Whether it was treating Michigan Football like a corporation at the expense of the students, sending rude emails to complaining fans or modeling his Shane Morris Concussiongate response after **HYPERBOLE ALERT** the Vatican's stance on the Holocaust during WWII (for which the Vatican has since formally apologized), Brandon's demise has been incremental, with the rude emails being the "most recent last straw," as MGoBlog put it.
What does this mean for Michigan? It means they have "cried 'Havoc' and let slip the dogs of war."
It will start with Brady Hoke and the majority of his staff and, if Michigan has its way, will end with Jim Harbaugh shedding his 49ers mock turtleneck and revealing he had been wearing a maize and blue one underneath it the whole time, and all this NFL, I Don't Like You Anymore, Michigan stuff was just bluster (it wasn't, he was pissed).
Michigan will throw its full weight behind its run at Harbaugh (speculation mine, but come on) while simultaneously cleaning up the mess Brandon made among boosters and students--especially the students, who have been all but priced out of attending Michigan football games because of business models and bottom lines and "Oh my god is that Eminem?!?"
After Harbaugh, according to MGoBlog, the next viable candidates are, in some order: Dan Mullen, Mike Gundy, Tom Herman (Ohio State OC), Les Miles, and a host of others, including Bob Stitt, HC at Colorado School of Mines (he is more of an outside-the-box candidate; I don't think he has a real shot at the job, nor do they). Other names being floated about include Jim McElwain, Colorado State HC and former Saban OC at Alabama, and John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens HC, although that scuttlebutt has quieted recently, which probably means he's the guy because "It's never the person you most suspect. It's also never the person you least suspect because anyone with half a brain would suspect them the most...therefore, it's the person I most medium suspect." --Dwight Schrute
For now, though, Hoke will presumably finish out the year and be let go. Michigan will wait for Harbaugh to finish the season in San Francisco, at which point the game is on.