alternate headline: man does job
Mary Sue Coleman
Recent events have encouraged me to go back to read the sections of Three and Out about the 2007 coaching search. There are several lessons learned that James Hackett seems to have taken from the experience.
I very much want to avoid restarting the age-old debate on whether we should have hired Rich Rodriguez. That's not the issue here. The issue is how badly we screwed up the entire process, and what we are doing differently in 2014 to avoid the mistakes of 2007.
It seems to me that we can take away 3 major lessons from 2007:
(1) You need a single person in charge. In 2007, at least 3 separate people contacted coaching candidates on behalf of the University--and they were not always communicating with each other.
(2) Proceed with a sense of urgency, but not desperation. In 2007, Michigan went from having no real urgency straight into "panic mode."
(3) Control information. On several occasions in 2007, the media leaked information about events almost as soon as they happened. This scared at least one candidate away from the job who was otherwise quite willing to take it.
So...here is the chronology of the events of the four weeks from Lloyd Carr's official retirement to Rich Rodriguez's hiring, mostly summarized from Three and Out:
Saturday, November 17: Michigan loses to Ohio State.
Monday, November 19: Lloyd Carr announces that he will retire after January 1 bowl game. Bill Martin privately considers Kirk Ferentz the top candidate to replace Carr.
Wednesday, November 21: Mary Sue Coleman tells Bill Martin that Kirk Ferentz is not to be considered for the job.
Monday, November 26: Martin meets with the 6-member "search committee", mentions Tony Dungy as his preferred candidate, although Dungy had not been contacted nor had he expressed interest in the job. Committee discusses Brian Kelly & rejects him due to his reputation. Committee mentions Les Miles, Martin rejects the idea out of hand. No actual names were put forward for consideration other than Dungy; no plans were made to move forward.
Thursday, November 29: Miles's people attempt to contact Martin, not for the first time. They get in touch with Jamie Morris, who informs Martin of the contact attempts. Before leaving for a weekend trip to Florida, Martin tells Morris he will return the calls on Sunday when he gets back. Miles's people are not informed of this.
Saturday, December 1: Kirk Herbstreit announces Miles has accepted a job offer from Michigan. Miles's agent (and several people officially & unofficially associated with Michigan) desperately try to contact Martin in Florida, but Martin later claims he was not reachable because he did not know how to use his new cell phone. Miles announces to the press that he has not been talking to Michigan.
Sunday, December 2: Upon Martin's return to his Ann Arbor home, he receives an angry phone call from Coleman asking him what happened and where he was.
Monday, December 3: Martin announces to the media that he has a list of twenty candidates. Martin flies to New York under the guise of attending the National Football Foundation's Hall of Fame dinner.
Tuesday, December 4: Martin meets with Greg Schiano in New York City. Word of the secret meeting gets out to the press the same day. Search committee members express surprise, not having heard that Schiano was being considered for the job.
Thursday, December 6: Schiano announces to the press that he will not take the Michigan job. Martin informs search committee that the search would be postponed until after the bowl games.
Friday, December 7: In the wake of the bad publicity (and angry alumni feedback) that Michigan was beginning to receive, Coleman summons Martin to a private meeting in her office, informs him that she will be "working with" him on the coaching search until it is complete. Martin attempts to contact Miles, but is informed that Miles will only speak with Coleman, not with Martin. At 11am, Miles speaks with Coleman & Martin (in Coleman's office) on a conference call. Miles states "I would never say no to Michigan." By 1:30pm, news of the call has been leaked to the Detroit area press; Miles is not happy.
Monday, December 10: Coleman & Miles speak by telephone without Martin present. Coleman requests a face-to-face meeting in Miami for Tuesday (Miles will be there on a recruiting trip). Citing the press leak from Friday, Miles refuses to meet prior to the bowl game. Miles adds, "If you want me, then after the bowl game, I will be your coach...I would never say no to Michigan." Coleman discusses this phone call with regents Laurence Deitsch & Andrea Fischer Newman, who agree with this course of action, but ask her who is going to tell Carr. Coleman announces that she will do so. That evening, Carr calls Rich Rodriguez to talk about Michigan job. Rodriguez: "Is there interest in me on Michigan's part?" Carr: "Yeah, they're looking at you."
Tuesday, December 11: Carr encourages Martin to consider Rodriguez. Later that day, Michigan media announce that Miles is still being considered. That night, Martin calls Rodriguez to discuss the job. Rodriguez begins discussing job with friends.
Friday, December 14: Rodriguez, in Toledo for a pre-planned meeting with his financial planner, meets with Coleman & Martin. The job is offered to Rodriguez on the spot, with Coleman & Martin asking for an answer today. News of the meeting leaks to the media before the meeting ends. Martin asks Rodriguez to keep Carr's assistants. Coleman tells Martin, "No, Bill, you can't ask him to do that." Rodriguez tells Coleman & Martin that he needs to talk to West Virginia first.
Saturday, December 15: Rodriguez meets with President of WVU, who tells Rodriguez (basically) to take it or leave it.
Sunday, December 16: Coleman speaks by phone for 90 minutes with Miles and is very favorably impressed with him. Coleman tells Miles that they have offered the job to Rodriguez, but if it didn't work out they would contact Miles after his bowl game. WVU president tells the media that Rodriguez is never leaving. Rodriguez meets with Don Nehlen, who encourages him to take Michigan job. Rodriguez phones Martin to accept job offer, boards plane to Michigan.
Monday, December 17: Rodriguez introduced to media as Michigan's next coach. Rodriguez flies back to WV to close out business there.
Wednesday, December 19: Rodriguez returns to Michigan, followed by all of his assistants from WVU except Bill Stewart (who was not offered a job by Rodriguez) and Jeff Casteel (who was offered $265K and no contract by Michigan and $275K on a 2-year contract by WVU).
The Chronicle of Higher Ed has a survey of public university executive compensation out that a lot of news organizations are citing. The B1G has three of the the top ten: Spanier (PSU) at no. 1, Gee (OSU) at no. 3, and our own Mary Sue Coleman at no. 6. The real head scratcher in the top ten salaries for me is Ball State University's president who is ranked fifth.
Here's the top ten as reported by the AP (their list was easier to copy and paste):
Top 10 recipients, in total compensation, among public college leaders in 2011-12.
1. Graham Spanier (x), Pennsylvania State University, $2,906,271
2. Jay Gogue, Auburn University, $2,542,865
3. E. Gordon Gee, Ohio State University, $1,899,420
4. Alan Merten (x), George Mason University, $1,869,369
5. Jo Ann Gora, Ball State University, $984,647
6. Mary Sue Coleman, University of Michigan, $918,783
7. Charles Steger, Virginia Tech, $857,749
8. Mark Yudof, University of California, $847,149
9. Bernard Machen, University of Florida, $834,562
10. Francisco Cigarroa, University of Texas, $815,833
(x) No longer president.
———Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education
[Edit: Nearly half of Spanier's compensation is severance pay]
The Race to Replace Mary Sue – Odds on Michigan’s next President
Although I’m aware there are many casual fans and high school students in our MGoCommunity, I also know we have a fair share of alums, many of whom do in fact care about the University as it extends beyond Hill Street (meaning academic campus). If you were not aware before, the University’s now fourth longest serving president, Mary Sue Coleman will be retiring after the 2013-2014 school year. This fact was stated by President Coleman many times in the last year or two (presumptively so the word got out and interested candidates could quietly send word of their interest) but was made “official” at the Regents meeting a few days ago. With that official announcement, the Detroit Free Press wrote the first official article discussing the future of the University’s top spot http://www.freep.com/article/20130418/NEWS06/304180143/Mary-Sue-Coleman-to-retire-from-Unviversity-of-Michigan
So, in the spirit of the official off-season here at MGoBlog and as we all enjoy our lists, oddsmaking and generally anything that we can fight about, I offer forth what will hopefully be a periodic diary regarding potential candidates to be the 14thPresident of the University of Michigan. Needless to say that the formal process to replace Mary Sue Coleman has just started. That said, anyone who knows the great political machine that is the University bureaucracy knows that candidates have been making themselves known to those that matter for the last year. Behind the scenes camps are forming and campaigns are beginning with champions of certain candidates carrying the names of their favorites through with the Regents and other high end University donors. In fact, its clear from the quotes of some of the Regents who spoke in the Free Press article, not only are names being bounced around at the Regent level, but apparently there are some names being given consideration from fields outside the traditional academia positions of provosts, chancellors and presidents. Might there be a former or current White House cabinet member out there looking for a landing spot much in the way the University of Miami (YTM) gave former Clinton White House Secretary of Health & Human Services Donna Shalala their Presidency?
Needless to say the new President could come from anywhere much the way Mary Sue Coleman came over from Iowa with little prior contact with UofM. Most of the early mentions have been candidates who have had some prior contact with UofM. However, this will change and update, particularly after the University hires a search company and the respective closets are searched for skeletons. That said, there are a few obvious qualities that the next President will likely need to possess. First and foremost will be the ability to either raise funds or not get in the way of people like Jerry May, the University’s Vice President of Development, to raise those funds. At some point this fall the University will formally unveil its next big fundraising campaign (which has silently been worked on for a little over a year now. You didn’t think those large gifts from the Zells, Penny Stamps and Charlie Munger within the last six months were some kind of lucky coincidence did you?). The goal on this campaign will be to clear five billion dollars (in comparison, the Michigan Difference campaign raised about $3.5 billion). That means our next President will be stepping into his or her role about twelve to eighteen months into the campaign. Second, at least four recent Regents have run their campaign based on stopping increases in tuition. You can bet the Regents will look hard at all candidates and their ideas regarding handling the budget of the University at a time when the State of Michigan legislature continues to minimize what it pays out to its universities. Finally, the President at Michigan has to be able to juggle not just the faculty and academics at the University but a massive University hospital system that is nearly unmatched nationally in size, scope, research and budget as far as University run hospitals are concerned. Also, the new President had better be ready to deal with UofM athletics and all that encompasses, not the least of which is David Brandon who has made no shortage of enemies north of Hill Street by massively expanding the size and breadth of the athletic department fundraising staff to the point where most Dean’s are nervous about having their donors being squeezed or swayed away from putting their name on that new lecture hall and having it end up on that new luxury box or weight room or endowed athletic scholarship. It’s a tough job but there should be no shortage of candidates. Those who love the University will be watching closely to see who our new leader will be. With that in mind, and another reminder that the early field will likely be loaded with those with previous Michigan contacts, I present the early voting odds. Someone notify Vegas and see if they’re taking action.
THE LIKELY LEADERS OF THE PACK/WE KNOW THESE GUYS!
Theresa Sullivan– Currently she is President of the University of Virginia. Formerly Provost at Michigan starting in 2006 when she came over from a high level administrative job at the University of Texas, she left for Virginia in 2010. She was very well received during her time at Michigan and has her bachelor’s degree from MSU (ties to the State of Michigan). Went through an ugly episode with the UVA Board of Visitors (their Regents) where she was ultimately fired and then reinstated in what amounted to a political coup by some of their Board members who wanted a bigger name candidate for the position when Sullivan was hired. So having survived that and only being there three years, perhaps she’s unlikely to leave since she’s been there a short period of time. On the other hand, maybe she has had enough of UVA and wants to come back where she’s wanted? ODDS 10-1
Marvin Krislov – The current President of Oberlin College since 2007. While one might raise an eyebrow about moving from a smaller school like Oberlin to Michigan, remember that Marvin was the Vice-President and General Counsel at Michigan for nine years before assuming the job at Oberlin. He’s worked with much of the current leadership at Michigan and specifically was integral in the handling of the Ed Martin scandal and subsequent NCAA investigation and the affirmative action case that went before the Supreme Court. Accordingly, Mr. Krislov has handled the brightest lights on the big stage at Michigan before and handled it well. ODDS 20-1
Nancy Cantor– Currently President of Syracuse University which she started in 2004 after leaving the Provost’s position at Michigan. She has raised over a billion dollars during her ten year tenure at Syracuse University and UofM will be in the first year or two of its next big financial campaign which is rumored to have a fundraising goal of $5 billion. Further, Cantor has indicated that she will not renew her contract with Syracuse when it ends in 2014 meaning she’ll be available when Mary Sue Coleman retires. One has to wonder if there is a reason for that. One big knock on Cantor is that during her tenure at Syracuse, the University has taken criticism that it has dropped in academic reputation and, voluntarily withdrew from the Association of American Universities (AAU that we hear about so often in looking for new Big Ten schools) rather than be kicked out. ODDS 30-1
Timothy White – Current Chancellor of the Cal State system, former President of Cal State Riverside for four years and former President of the University of Idaho for four years. Before that, he was the Provost at Oregon State. White did his post doctoral studies and was on the faculty at Michigan (his first professional position). His administrative experience can’t be understated and for clarification, he runs the WHOLE Cal State system (that’s 23 campuses). Dealing with the size of Michigan shouldn’t be an issue. ODDS 40-1
Evan Caminker – I don’t see this one as much as some other people do. I want to call this the Bollinger effect where people assume there is some kind of line directly from the Law School Dean’s chair to the President’s residence. Caminker was a fine Dean of the Michigan Law School for ten years having only recently decided to not renew after the end of his last contract. However, running the WHOLE University (athletics, hospital and all schools) is a far cry from just the law school. The one feather I’ll put in Caminker’s cap that could prove useful is that he had a reputation as a good fundraiser. The Law School underwent some tremendous renovation and addition that was backed up by tremendous fundraising during Caminker’s tenure. Michigan may need that in the next few years if they seriously look to hit the five billion dollar mark in this next capital campaign. Conversely, I’ve heard others say Caminker is enjoying being a professor again and may not want to go back to being an administrator. ODDS 40-1
Martha Pollack– Will assume the role of Provost at Michigan when Phil Hanlon leaves for Dartmouth this summer. Some have said she’s been given the role as a warm up to eventually being named the President. Others have said it’s a done deal. The highest administrative role she’s held previously was Vice Provost for Budgetary and Academic Affairs since 2010 and before that she was the Dean of UofM’s School of Information. People who know her love her and say she’s got the stuff. That said, compare the resume to those of some of the others on this list. In MGoBlog terms, would this be going for a Big Ten coordinator over a sitting head coach? ODDS 60-1
BETWEEN THE LEADERS AND THE PACK
Wallace Loh – Current President of the University of Maryland, College Park – Got his Ph.D. in psychology from Michigan. He has plenty of University administration experience as he was previously the dean of the University of Washington School of Law, vice chancellor of the University of Colorado, a Dean at Seattle University, and most recently provost at the University of Iowa where he oversaw budgets and personnel for the state university's eleven colleges. He’s also responsible for bringing the school into the Big Ten. ODDS 75-1
Thomas Haas– Thomas Haas is the current President of Grand Valley State University and was formerly President of SUNY Cobleskill for three years. Haas has two masters degrees from Michigan but seems like a bit of longshot considering the smaller schools, budgets, lack of a large hospital system or large athletics at the schools he has presided over. ODDS 150 - 1
Phil Hanlon –Current UofM Provost, leaving to become President at his alma mater Dartmouth College in July. Can’t imagine he would have accepted the Dartmouth position knowing full well that the Michigan job would be opening. His odds are only so wide because he just accepted the Dartmouth job. Otherwise, he’d be infinitely qualified and frankly, the logical choice. ODDS 300-1
THE DARK HORSES– I have heard a few names recently but I can’t buy them until we get them on campus for an official recruiting visit. If that happens, hold on to your hat. These people could all play as freshmen…….errr……I mean they could all very easily be good picks.
Arne Duncan – Duncan is the current Secretary of Education under President Obama. There was some speculation he might not stay on in the position in the second term but he did end up staying. That said, by the time he would start there would only be about a year and a half left on his term in the Obama Administration so its not unreasonable that he might have to jump for a longer term opportunity. Duncan is originally from Chicago (the son of two UofChicago professors). He was also a basketball player while at Harvard which may give him the insight to deal with our athletics program. Duncan has no experience running a University, nor fundraising (which will be important since the new President will be knee deep in a fundraising campaign). His professional credentials are centered around his turnaround of the Chicago Public School system. The lack of university experience hurts, but the name recognition and contacts he has made working in the White House for six years could make up for that. ODDS 330-1
David Brandon– Under any normal circumstance I would be laughing at this along with you. BUT never forget (a) he was a Regent previously. Someone once told me he is THE second most powerful person at the University above any Dean, Provost, or Vice President. Considering his past business power, political ties, and close relationship with Mary Sue Coleman, would it really shock you? ODDS 350 – 1
Patricia White– After you say “who?”….you could make an argument that if Caminker, why not White. Dean White is the Dean of the University of Miami (YTM) School of Law and holds her bachelors, masters and juris doctor from our own beloved University of Michigan. White has been Dean at Miami since 2009 and was previously the Dean at Arizona State University’s Law School. She has also previously been on faculty at Michigan Law School and also worked at Bodman, Longley, a powerful law firm in Michigan. Further, she has some experience in athletics as she was a tax advisor to Major League Baseball. ODDS 400-1
THE PACK– I’m calling this group The Pack. Its mainly comprised of Presidents of Universities with, if you’ll pardon the Michigan arrogance, lesser academic reputations than Michigan. It seems unlikely that Michigan would want to hire a sitting President from a school that isn’t at least Top 50 kind of school, Ivy League, Big Ten, maybe someone from a more prestigious east or west coast University. As mentioned in the Free Press article Stephanie Bergeron, president of Walsh College, David Eisler, president of Ferris State University, , and Susan Martin, president of Eastern Michigan University and Lloyd Jacobs, president of the University of Toledo all are local presidents. All actually have ties to the region and many have ties to the University of Michigan. It just seems unlikely that the powers that be would be accepting of someone who didn’t come from a school with a very significant national academic reputation as well as someone who comes from a school that has had to manage the significant issues that go along with high end Division 1 athletics. Realistically how can you expect someone from one of these Universities to step on to campus and handle David Brandon and not get walked all over. ODDS: 500-1
Okay, we'll do the disclaimers first.
- Yes, this has spoilers. If you haven't finished 3&O, close this tab now.
- Yes, I realize 3&O has been out for awhile. I wanted to sit on it for a bit and gain perspective though. 3&O carries a rather heavy emotional payload, so I read it. Set it aside, watched us win 10 games, and then reread it. I was less suicidal the second time I read it. If you want to complain about this kind of diary reopening old wounds, close this tab now.
- I'm not going to cite things with page numbers or whatever. If I miss use a quote, call me on it. Consider 3&O to be a heavily cited work that gets the credit for most facts.
- It's long and doesn't have any pictures. I'm sorry.
Now then, why am I writing this. Because we're not entirely over RR. We have people who still are up in their caves, wearing their turbans and engaging in the Freep Jihad. We have people who scour every word written on the blog's mainpage and ranting at anything that might be critical of Hoke. We have people who take praise of Hoke to be an attack on RR. So I want to talk about the three years of sadness. If you feel an angry rant coming on, last chance to close the tab.
Right before Bo passed he said that once he died, we'd find out whole the real Michigan Men were. We did and it was damn ugly.
In the wake of Bo passing and RR being hired, we had three major players in Michigan football. Lloyd Carr, Bill Martin, and Rich Rodriguez. It would expand to 4 after MSC got involved and later Dave Brandon would replace Martin. However the tone of the era was set by the actions of the first three.
Lloyd Carr is the engima here. He was successful at Michigan. The only two coaches who had his number, Tressel and Caroll, ended up fleeing to the NFL one step ahead of the NCAA sanctions committee. He also won a NCAA title and 78% of his B1G games. He never lost more than 3 B1G games in a season and only finished below 3rd in the conference once. At the same time he took a lot of heat form the fans. Claims that he only won his ring with Moeller's players. Heat over his Rose Bowl issues and issues handling the spread. I still remember walking into the stadium one game and seeing an anti-Carr fan holding a sign. It read "Osama Bin-Lloyden is destroying Michigan football". The dude had a megaphone and was ranting. I just had to shake my head. Every year Tressel took him down, the fanbase got bitchier.
Since Carr has been silent (no comments in 3&O or anywhere else for the most part since he retired) it's hard to know what he felt at retirement. The evidence suggest he was burned out in 2006, but Martin had no replacement plan so he stayed on. The Horror happened and the heat on Carr was turned up. At the end of the day the best insight I have into Carr's mind comes from Bacon, who writes that Carr wanted to name his successor.
Here I'm going to make a leap. Carr felt like he'd accomplished a lot here and he definitely had. However the fanbase was pretty bitchy by this point and a lot of people were happy to see Carr retire. Basically it was a "Thanks for your service, here's your award, door is to your left" kind of retirement. No one exactly went into mourning when Carr hung it up. I see a potential situation where Carr felt bitter, underappreciated and not properly compensated in terms of legacy for his work. In 3&O, Carr tells Martin that someday a MAC team was going to beat us. Basically saying college football was getting tougher, more parity, and yet Michigan fans want to see the 100-0 scores that we'd manage in the early 1900s and when we didn't, we got bitchy. Carr did a lot for us and we photoshopped his face on Bin Laden's body. I can understand why the man might be bitter. Carr ends his career wanting DeBord or English to replace him, but after his last few seasons the fanbase would go nuclear if either of them did. Martin wisely says no to that. Carr's legacy ends him him kind of coming close to getting run out of town, despite his body of work. We all laugh at Minnesota for firing Mason despite his body of work, but we were dicks to Carr desite his. (As a side note I'm using we here because we're all part of the fanbase, even the retards).
So Carr is retired. Burned out, but not going since he was an Assoc. AD. Martin comes forward and coaching search begins. Miles is ruled out early (Carr says "Hell No" and MSC backs him on it, insert various rumors about why here). Martin screws up on a bunch of offers, Miles kind of becomes a hail mary option, Martin goes sailing and can't work his damn phone. Carr meanwhile reaches out to RR as kind of an end around on Miles and so he is kind of naming his own successor. Suddenly we have one of the top offensive minds in the country, a guy who won BCS games with WVU (while we lost ours), and a hot, young name in coaching.
We also have a problem. Carr is going off the reservation here and making first contact and from Bacon's work it carries the implication Carr did so on his own, at at the behest of Martin or MSC. In the Bo era if you went behind Bo's back, you paid. We're now at the point where a future Assoc AD is sneaking around behind his boss's back.
Martin's cluelessness with personnel decisions continued. When he interviews RR he tries to tell RR he has to keep Lloyd's entire staff. MSC though is now taking a role in the process (post Miles clusterfuck) and shuts him down. I want to break this down a bit though. Martin asks RR to keep the entire staff in a meeting with RR and MSC jumps on him. This wasn't something that Martin and MSC privately talked about on the way to the meeting. This was the President having to slap the AD down in front of a potential new employee. Way to plan ahead for interviews...
It also means something even worse. Think about what Martin said. "We love your spread and shred offense and want to hire you, by the way we want to you to keep DeBord on staff as the OC." Think about that for a minute. Bang your head into your desk. Later in the meeting when RR says it will take him awhile to install his system and Martin says that's not a problem, you really have to wonder if Martin had any clue what RR's system was. If Martin had any clue what he was getting into.
Martin of course then lowballs RR's assistants and fails to secure Casteel. So we arguably whiff on the second most assistant of RR's machine (I'd argue since RR is offensively minded, DC is more important than OC. Coordinators of course are clearly more important than posistion coaches). We also screw up the whole firing of Carr's staff. RR makes them wait in the hall and people like Gittelson (30 years here) are fired.
This is a failure for everyone. For Carr, for RR, and for Martin. Carr's about to become the Assoc AD for football operations. If he's so worried about his assistants getting treated fairly he should take a greater role in the process. Martin should be finding jobs for people like Gittelson (there has to be come kind of generic title we can give him, keep him on the Michigan payroll, and reward his loyalty. Barwis is now the man for football, we have dozens of weightrooms on the campus, we could have found Gittelson a place. Same with the others, stuff them in some AD job until they find coaching work. We're Michigan, we're supposed to be loyal.). RR of course really fails at handling the firings well. Carr of course ends up unhappy, somewhat openly advocating transfers, and the whole RR-Carr relationship goes sour.
We know how it goes from there. Freep columnists are harsh on RR, Carr era players attack RR in the media. Martin does nothing public, Carr does nothing public. RR says the wrong things, loses games, and finally Grobans himself out of a job. Plus of course getting bombed in the bowl didn't help.
My reason for rehashing this 3&O content was to show the actions of people and compare them to Bo. There was no "The Team, The Team, The Team". No concern for the players.
First off Martin flushed his legacy with the RR hire. The man put us in the black, he built a beautiful athletic campus. He set us up with the stadium suites that generate an amazing amount of revenue. We have the world's largest indoor practice facility because of him. Crisler doesn't look like shit anymore because of him (DB did it with his revenue). We could afford to offer Harbaugh 5 million a year because of him. We could pry Mattison out of the pros because of him. We have a massive bank account, a massive revenue stream, and top shelf facilities because of him. We also had the NCAA investigate us and a civil war because of his poor personal management. If we had a comptroller hall of fame, he goes in the first round. As it stands though he is remembered for going boating during a coaching search with a cellphone he could not operate.
I love Carr and anyone who bothers to read my posts knows I'm in the Carr defender category. Carr has done a lot for this University. On the field and off the field (namely his fundraising for Motts is really his greatest achievement as a human being since sick kids are a million times more important than kicking around an inflated pig's bladder). Yet when the time came he wasn't a Michigan Man. RR's teams were loaded with Carr's recruits. Yet he turned down 8 chances to speak to RR's teams. It's fine if Carr wanted to dislike RR. RR did fire all his friends and talk a lot in public, the antithesis of Carr. However when our fanbase errupted into a civil war it was the players, the players that Carr recruited who suffered as the program was ripped apart. Carr must have promised these kids B1G rings when he recruited them. Yet he shut up and didn't do anything when the program collapsed around them. It's almost as if he told them "transfer, because I'm cutting all ties and won't be around to help you after the Bowl". Bo was known for walking into people's offices and telling them "You need to shut up". Bo would have been defending the kids and the program. Carr was silent. At best he did nothing, at worst he was using his players and contacts to undermine RR instead of help him. I have no idea what Carr did during those three years, but he wasn't a Michigan Man because he definitely wasn't using his power to support the team.
I'm going to be brief on RR since we've dissecting him a million times on this board. He made a lot of mistakes on the field in terms of the defense. Off the field he really failed to win the political battle that comes with being the head coach at a name brand football school. Yes the deck was stacked against him, but even so he tended to make things worse, not better. For example RR played under Nehlen, a Bo assistant. He learned about "Those Who Stay Will Be Champions" from Nehlen and used it himself when he coached at Glenville State. Yet he never told those stories despite the fact they instantly put him on the Bo tree and made him more acceptable. More importantly is how quickly he broke down. His locker room destroying rage, this "fuck you" ridden tirades over his headset when Tate made a bad play. Yes it is projection, but you have to wonder if in year 4 or 5 he goes all Woody Hayes on a DB or Bob Knight on someone. I don't believe RR as a person would ever do that, but people do snap. At some level when you read how broken down RR was as Year 3 went from 5 and 0 to 2 and 5, you have to wonder if it was a mercy firing.
What we see there are three people who aren't bad people. Martin made us rich, Carr did a lot for the program and the school, RR wanted to make this his destination school and cared for his kids, and he did install the offense we hired him to install. Yet everyone had their flaws. Blindess with personnel hirings, a failure to support RR the way Bump supported Bo, and the inability to properly adopted Michigan mannerisms/fix the damn defense. No one is the devil here or an incompetent, but no one is Bo either.
Then there is the fanbase, us. That member of our fanbase who called a regent to complain that RR used "ain't" in a press conference (seriously, fuck you whoever that was). The fanbase who the minute Bo died, demanded someone else become Bo. Then when everyone showed they were mortal, not Bo, and could make mistakes we devolved into armed "Old Guard" and "New Guard" camps. Communist football vs primitive saurian Llloydball. We all agreed Martin was a moron who couldn't work a cell phone, picked a coach (RR or Carr) and tried to crown him as the new center of Michigan football. We also didn't exactly cover ourselves in glory.
That's what we need to take away from the RR era. Our dad died. Uncle Lloyd turned out be a distant and cold paternal figure. Uncle Rodriguez went through a rough time and had a melt down. Uncle Martin was busy clicking buttons in excel. So a lot of the fanbase regressed from Michigan Men into bitchy children who said mean things on the radio or wrote them, despite the negative impact they had on The Team.
As we enter the new era, 10-2, now willing to pay top dollar for top coordinators, with a guy who gets Michigan, and RR has a new job in a BCS conference, I think it may be time to let it go. At the end of the day we don't have a good guy and we don't have a bad guy. Martin, Carr, and RR all did a lot for this school and they all failed it. Any debate where you try to annoint one guy as the devil and one guy as the angel in this era is just going to generate a flamefest because each side has plenty of material to cite. The actors here were all humans who were successful in some areas, but unlike Bo they weren't successful in every area. No one was bad, they just weren't Bo and that is fine because being Bo is a high standard to live up to. As we go forward we need to stop looking for a new Bo. Bo's dead. But a new one will emerge. Just as it flowed from Yost to Crisler to Bo. Don't try and place someone on that throne by force though.
We should also remember how a house divided cannot stand against itself and more importantly how we hurt the players on the field with the whole civil war. We owe people like Graham and Moundros something. They gave it all on the field on Saturday while the fanbase was busy having a flamewar.
Oh and always remember Sharp and Rosenberg suck.
If we're going to keep one thing in our mind as we move forward, it should be that comment from Bo about how we'd find out who the real Michigan Men were when he died. We did and we need to remember what that cost us. It's up to us to keep it together now, because we won't have Bo to walk into our lives and tell us "You need to shut up now".
At an alumni function in Boston, May 12, 2010, Mary Sue Coleman was asked to comment about B10 Commissioner Delaney's remarks about Big10 expansion. Pres. Coleman stated that the Big10 was seriously looking at expansion up to 16 teams. The name would remain the Big Ten, no matter what the number. There are two major considerations going into the expansion decisions:
1) B10 members currently share equally in revenues. Unlikely to want any change in that arrangement.
2) All current members of B10 are also all part of AAU. B10 will want their members to maintain that membership reflecting academic standing and stature.
Asked about the NCAA Inquiry and possible sanctions, Pres. Coleman stated that UM will be announcing its self-imposed sanctions by the end of the month. She indicated that there was cross comunication between the coaching staff and the compliance people. The coachig staff thought they'd been given the green light, whereas the compliance people thought that a different question was being asked. She said that unlike reported in some places, at best the overage amount would amount to roughly 2 hours a week. She also predicted that many football programs across the US will be dropping compliance people to avoid danger of giving "coaching advice."
She was very accessible and, as another poster on MGoBlog has said in the past, she "gets it." Met several other MGoBlog readers at the event. There was some speculation as to how these comments related to the B10 Network, as well as to speculation as to schools like ND and Missouri.
OMG whats going on at Michigan? should Harper be fired for her blatant disregard of the law? Should Coleman be fired for allowing this to happen on her watch? Is this an indicator of Michigan's overall disregard for rules of all kinds? link via Michigan Daily.