Charles Woodson wants Jim Harbaugh to coach Michigan

Charles Woodson has proved he's ageless as one of Oakland's top defenders this season.

But the Raiders haven't been good this year with just two wins. It's clear they could use someone of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh's caliber to help lead them, especially since Harbaugh isn'tt expected to be back in San Francisco next year. Harbaugh has been linked to some NFL teams, including Oakland, and the University of Michigan, the school both Harbaugh and Woodson were stars at.

But if Woodson had a choice for Harbaugh to either coach him in Oakland or go back to Michigan, he'd prefer for Harbaugh to go bring their alma mater back to prominence.

"If the choices were out there, it would definitely be Michigan," Woodson told NFL Network's Rich Eisen, also a Michigan alum. "As a guy that played there, the fans would love it, it would be great for recruiting and just to have a guy that's proven -- he's won everywhere he's been as a coach," said Woodson. "If he went to Michigan, I'd say, yeah, and go blue."

Of course, Woodson followed that up with noting it doesn't sound like there's even a "one in a million" chance Harbaugh goes to Michigan.

The Michigan faithful, which have endured even tougher times after the basketball team lost consecutive games to the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Eastern Michigan, is still holding out hope for Harbaugh. However, it looks like that ship has sailed. According to NFL Network's Gil Brandt, Michigan offered Duke coach David Cutcliffe the job and Cutcliffe turned them down. If Michigan is offering other potential candidates at this time, then it's more than likely that Harbaugh is no longer on their radar.

To think that a coach at Duke — albeit one with connections to the Mannings — would turn Michigan down is quite amazing. But that's the way things are with that program at this time. It sure looks like it is going to be tough to land the kind of home run hire those at Michigan are hoping for.

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