Charles Woodson wants Jim Harbaugh to coach Michigan over Raiders
Charles Woodson is only signed through the end of the season with the Oakland Raiders, but the 38-year-old has looked like a player who has at least another good year in him. Might Woodson re-sign with the Raiders and play under Jim Harbaugh in 2015? He hopes not.
During an appearance on the Rich Eisen Show on Tuesday, Woodson was asked if he would rather see Harbaugh coaching in Ann Arbor or Oakland next year.
“If the choices were out there, it would definitely be Michigan,” Woodson said, per Bryan Fischer of NFL.com. “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. If he went to Michigan, I’d say, yeah, and go blue.
“But it doesn’t sound too good right now.”
Woodson won the Heisman Trophy at Michigan as a two-way player in 1997. His loyalty to the school should not be a surprise.
Plus, there’s no guarantee the eight-time Pro Bowler will even be in the NFL next season. And if he is, it’s no sure thing that he will be with the Raiders. Woodson is hopeful the Wolverines can find the right replacement for Brady Hoke, and he is obviously confident Harbaugh could be that guy.
“It seems like the last couple of years, for whatever reason, we haven’t been able to get it done,” he said. “Once Lloyd Carr was gone, things have been in disarray and we just haven’t had the steadiness we had when Coach Carr was around. Things have been up and down. However this process goes, I just hope we can find the right person to come in there.”
Michigan reportedly spoke to Harbaugh recently, and this is what they learned. Maybe Woodson can help convince him to return to the college game.