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Can't Wait For Saturday | You know he is leaving. It is just a matter of when and who

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Greetings from "Can't Wait For Saturday," your morning morsel of college football, courtesy of longtime Illini beat writer, AP Top 25 voter and Heisman state rep Bob Asmussen. He'll give you his views each day on the game he loves.

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That didn't take long. The confetti had barely hit the NRG Stadium turf before Jim Harbaugh's name came up for NFL jobs.

The Los Angeles Chargers reportedly want to meet with the Michigan coach. And the Las Vegas Raiders seem interested too.

There are other teams that might get in line for Harbaugh if it doesn't work out for the first two.

Whoever hires him — and I put the odds at 95 percent he is leaving — gets a quirky winner,. One who has already led a team to the Super Bowl, although he lost to his brother John in the big game.

Like with Nick Saban, there is little left for Harbaugh to prove at Michigan. Unlike Saban, who Alabama would have wanted back for another decade, the reception isn't quite as friendly in Ann Arbor.

Yes, the goof got the school another national title, the first since the team won half of it in 1997. The drought is over.

But there was a cost, including an embarrassing hit to Michigan's reputation because of skygate. If Harbaugh moves on, the importance of that investigation is diminished. The folks at Michigan understand that, but won't likely mention it.

There is a ready-made coach on the staff in Sherrone Moore. Or the school can go shopping for one of the big names that surfaced during the two-minute Saban search.

The line of coaches wanting to take over at Michigan will circle the stadium two or three times. It is about as elite as it gets. No school has won more games in history. Not even Alabama.

Missouri's Eli Drinkwitz and Arizona's Jeff Fisch will be among the candidates if the school looks outside the current staff.

On a personal note, it would be fun to see Harbaugh back at Memorial Stadum for the Red Grange anniversary game in October. But I am not counting on it.

Good news is the Wolverines are still coming.