A combined Brisbane Strikers-Ipswich bid is firming as a leading contender for A-League expansion but hopes of a new stadium depend on securing state and federal government support.Its understood Miron Bleiberg, the former A-League coach who is one of the key figures involved with the Strikers bid, met with Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale on Monday to discuss the possibility of forming an alliance.While the Strikers have not yet abandoned the idea of going it alone, a joint effort would significantly boost the bids financial and political standing and become an attractive option in the eyes of Football Federation Australia.Specific criteria for expansion will be released early next year, but FFA has made no secret of its desire for more teams in major cities, and the new vision for the Strikers is to pitch to Brisbanes sprawling western suburbs, including Ipswich, Toowoomba and Logan - all up, a catchment area of around 500,000 people and growing.Its envisaged the Strikers brand would be retained, but the name of the team could change to include a reference to Brisbanes so-called western corridor, where some of the investors associated with the bid have business interests.However, a new team would have to share Suncorp Stadium with Brisbane Roar until funding can be arranged for a boutique stadium to be built as desired, most likely in Springfield.With the state and federal governments having recently tipped in a total of $240 million for a new stadium in Townsville, its unclear whether that would be immediately forthcoming.Were going to have to do some work out here, we need state and federal government support, Pisasale told AAP.But theyve got to start realising growth means we need sporting facilities.These stadiums are not just for the A-League teams, they get used by all the other juniors.Ipswich is growing at an enormous rate and whats missing is the infrastructure to go with it.The alliance is unlikely to include support from Logan City Council, who are already committed to building a $9 million home base for Brisbane Roar at Heritage Park.Pisasale said he was sure other investors and sponsors would throw their hat in the ring if they could be shown proof of return on investment by FFA.Pisasale has a long-standing relationship with FFA chief executive David Gallop, who in his previous capacity with the NRL toured Ipswich in 2009 when rugby league was considering expansion.Gallop said it was the ideal area for a new team and even used a similar analogy - that the NRL had to go where the fish are biting - to the one that has become the catch-phrase of the A-League expansion debate.Pisasale described the NRL as hopeless and said they had dropped the baton by not expanding into Ipswich. 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Furthermore, at least some data indicates that Harbaugh is on the verge of having his celebrity transcend the sports world with those?same young men between the ages of 18 and 34.Harbaugh is making a significantly stronger impact than Saban among younger males, and that seems to be his objective, Henry Schafer, executive vice president of The Q Scores Company, said in a telephone interview Friday. And, Harbaugh is on the cusp of being an iconic figure among the general population in the same demographic.Nearly three-fourths of male sports fans between 18 and 34 are aware of Harbaugh. His Q Score is 25 among that group, meaning one out of four millennial males said he was a favorite of theirs in a survey done earlier this year. Saban is someone 68 percent of millennial males surveyed are familiar with, and his Q Score is 21 among them.The Q Scores Company conducted its latest survey in February, just after Harbaugh slept at the houses of recruits and prior to him becoming the first college football coach -- and perhaps the last -- to take his team way off campus for spring drills in Florida. In June, the envelope-pushing coach barnstormed around the country for satellite camps that the NCAA banned after the SEC and ACC pushed for a proposal to do so only to have that decision rescinded.I dont know about Q ratings, but I do know that it was priceless to coach and teach 15 to 20,000 youngsters at those camps, Harbaugh told The Associated Press, just before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a recent?Chicago Cubs?game. Obviously, we didnt do all those camps just for recruiting because all of?those youngsters arent coming to Michigan. But they were all introduced to and learned more about the great game of football.Michigan was good, though not greeat, in Harbaughs first season leading his alma mater.ddddddddddddThe Wolverines were 10-3, opening with a setback to Utah and losing later to Ohio State and Michigan State.They are positioned for a successful start to this season, hosting the first five games, all of which they will likely be favored to win. They appear to have tougher tests in the back half of the schedule, including road games against the Buckeyes and Spartans, rivals who have had their way with the maize and blue in recent years.If Harbaugh and the Wolverines dont win more games this season and lose to both rivals again, his efforts to create buzz likely will fall flat. And hell still have five fewer national championships than Saban.Hype is just hype. It doesnt mean anything, Michigan wide receiver Jehu Chesson said. Youve got to beat your rivals, and we dont shy away from that.Between spring drills and training camp, Harbaugh appeared in a rap video with Bailey, whose song Whos Got It Better Than Us? plays off a catch phrase of Harbaughs father, Jack. The senior Harbaugh asked his kids, including?Baltimore Ravens?coach John Harbaugh, that question when they were growing up, and?Nobody! was the expected response.Jack Harbaugh, who recently moved into a house 500 feet, from his sons house in Ann Arbor, said there is no disconnect between the perception and reality of Jim Harbaugh.Jim is who is he, and he doesnt ever worry about the backlash, said Jack Harbaugh. He took his shirt off at a camp, and people are still talking about it a year later. They asked him to be in a rap video, and he had some fun with it. Some liked it. Others didnt, and that doesnt bother him.His current players and the ones he is recruiting, those in the aforementioned millennial group, seem to be fans of Jim Harbaughs unique style.Harbaughs boss, Warde Manuel, doesnt fit in the same demographic. However, Manuel also admires Harbaughs approach and is thankful his first season in charge of the athletic department will be Harbaughs second season on the sideline at the Big House.Having him back has meant a lot to the university, athletic department and Michigan football in ways that can be measured: wins, ticket sales and donations, Manuel said. And in many intangible ways, he has made people feel good around here and from afar about him and Michigan. 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