With the rumors of Jim Harbaugh leaving Michigan swirling around, people have started to name some potential replacements. SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum recently named some coaches that he could see taking the coaching job in Ann Arbor per Stephen Samra of On3 Sports.

Here’s who Finebaum believes should take the mantle of head coach for the Michigan Wolverines if Harbaugh decides to leave:

“I think the shortlist ought to include Bill O’Brien, who has done very well in college at Penn State, of course, before the NFL,” Finebaum said. “Another name to keep your eye on is Matt Rhule. He has really done a terrible job at the Carolina Panthers, but he was brilliant in college football at Temple and Baylor. And a wildcard possibly would be David Shaw. Remember, Harbaugh went Stanford to San Francisco to Michigan and I think Shaw is an undervalued coach, who a couple of years ago was one of the top-five coaches in the country.”

Bill O’Brien had success as the head coach of Penn State (2012-2013), before accepting his first head coaching role in the NFL with Houston Texans (2014-2020). More recently, he was with Alabama as its offensive coordinator.

Could a return to the college ranks be possible for Matt Rhule? While he did have a 10-23 record as head coach of the Carolina Panthers, he did much better during his time with Temple and Baylor, posting a 47-43 record in college.

The last coach on Finebaum’s shortlist was his successor from when he left for the San Francisco 49ers coaching job in Stanford’s David Shaw. Shaw has been with the Cardinal since 2011, and has had a lot of success during his tenure.

It’ll be anyone’s guess as to who will be coaching the Wolverines come fall of 2022.