What an interesting postgame handshake this will be.
We talked earlier this week about Ball State head coach Brady Hoke discussing with Michigan athletic director Bill Martin the coaching vacancy of the football program.
Reports in last night's Newark Star-Ledger and East Brunswick's Home News Tribune claim there has been contact between Michigan and Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano's agent and that a meeting actually took place.
Unidentified sources claim the meeting occurred on Tuesday night in New York during the College Football Hall of Fame banquet.
Rutgers and Ball State will play on Jan. 5 in Toronto in the International Bowl. There's some irony.
Hoke was former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr's assistant from 1996-2001. He never actually had an official interview with Martin, rather a discussion about Michigan's job.
Schiano has orchestrated an impressive turnaround of the Rutgers football program in seven years at the helm. The Scarlet Knights have posted three straight winning seasons and are making their third straight bowl appearance.
Hoke has turned around the Ball State program in his three seasons and gotten it into a bowl game for the first time since 1996. The Cardinals are 7-5. But we think Hoke is still too raw for such a big-time job like Michigan. We've seen him in action and he's made some boneheaded calls and decisions. He's 2-3 years away.
Schiano, on the other hand, is on the cusp of becoming a big-time coach. We're impressed with his turnaround of Rutgers, but last season was the first time he's ever done anything glorifying with the program. Give us another 2006-07-like season and we'll talk.
UPDATE: ESPN.com's Pat Forde said Schiano will remain at Rutgers. A formal announcement by the school is scheduled for later today.