Jim Harbaugh with Michigan in the Orange Bowl. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh walks off the field after the Wolverines’ 34-11 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs in the Orange Bowl. Syndication Detroit Free Press

The Las Vegas Raiders fired general manager Mike Mayock on Monday, after Mayock spent three seasons with the organization.

That news is very interesting in itself (and will Mayock return to the sports media world, where he served as a top NFL draft expert before the Raiders job?), but it’s also increased chatter that Jim Harbaugh could leave the Michigan to become the Raiders’ head coach.

Earlier on Tuesday (before the Mayock news was announced), oddsmakers listed Harbaugh as the favorite to be the Raiders’ head coach, even ahead of current Las Vegas head coach Rich Bisaccia- who led the Raiders to a surprising playoff run after replacing Jon Gruden in-season.

So, that speculation naturally was going to increase with Mayock out of the picture. The general thought has been that Harbaugh may not leave Michigan unless he gets an NFL job where he has full control, playing a huge part — and potentially the main part, essentially serving as the general manager — in an organization’s roster decisions (then again, that was assumed to be how things were in the Raiders’ structure with Gruden as the head coach anyway, with Gruden seeming to be the primary decision-maker on major roster moves).

Additionally, we know that Raiders owner Mark Davis is willing to go *big* to find a head coach; he gave Gruden a 10-year, $100 million contract to persuade Gruden to leave ESPN and Monday Night Football. And if Harbaugh really wants another shot at the NFL, the 58-year-old may decide that the time is now.

Here’s a look at more talk on Twitter about Harbaugh potentially going to the Raiders:

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