"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Rich Rodriguez Michigan Football
He will be a great guy and coach here. I mean in the long view, when people give the guy some room to do his thing. Perception is a weird thing. Because the guy, I mean coach, could be smiling and teaching and have that moment not on TV. And then the media could cherry pic and seek out the moment where he blows his cool and then air that. I want to see the public or overall narrative changed on Coach Rodriguez because he is a likable guy. But he's a football guy and there's nothing wrong with that. Recommending a football coach to smile more is kind of chintzy and lame. I mean it's football for God's sakes! But, I also think the days or Woody Hayes are long gone. You almost have to be part coach, part baby-sitter and a full time pr guy. Who also has an agent by the way. All in all, with all the crap that goes along with it, college football coaching is not for the timid. One can deduce that from following Michigan and Rich as of late. "Win one for RR," is my motto.
This program needs some stability and fast! I'm a diehard and true Blue, but there are some chinks beginning to show in the RR armour. Beaver going to TULSA?!?!? RR 'making' a change at DC with no apparent viable prospects?!?!? Isn't this like the old job rule? You don't quit a job without another one to go to. Is deciding to go in a new 'direction' with the DC a good idea if that direction cannot de found quickly so as to solidify the necessary recruits to build it?
I understand completely the 'differences' between RR and SS, but wouldn't RR have talked to some others and gotten a good feel for their interest in the job if it were to come open? In this economy, with so much uncertainty, would you voluntarily leave a high profile position with a top program with NO job to go to?
The turnover so early in the new regime, with no replacement in the sights gives the impression of uncertainty, and possibly a HC that wants to control the defense as well as the offense. We are all fans, some more knowledgeable than others, but the apparent lack of continuity and ever-growing question marks left by the defection of recruits makes this program look a lot less stable than any top 5-10 progam in the country.
Have we fallen that far in one year? Or is all this coincidental serendipity that simply appears related. Maybe this is all concern over nothing, but if the rumors of Hopson thinking of going back to the South are true, and a quality DC is not found at the same time, the appearance of instability creeps in and the possibility of more lost recruits looms larger.
Can all this be just a Wolverine Christmas Carol and we will all wake up tomorrow morning to find we didn't miss the blessed day and all is right with the Program?
I want to wake up and find Hopson the DC, Big Will, a monster LB and another quality QB in the fold and that all is right in AA.
Yesterday I posted Mark May's comments that he made on a radio show regarding his "inside sources" told him that Rich would be going to Clemson or UT after Michigan Brokered a deal for him to go there. Well, check this out:
Looks like Mark was WAY WAY off base. What gives? Is there some sort of haterade being drunk over at ESPN that makes them want to doom our program? Where is the journalistic credibility over there?
Instead of everyone focusing on firing Rich they should focus on getting rid of clowns like May, Herbie, and Speilman who have all openly made comments that are way off base and could hurt the program.
When will ESPN stop letting their reporters spread nonsense?
I was wondering if anyone else heard the Mark May interview from an Arizona radio station where he says "an insider has informed him that Michigan might be brokering a deal for RR to go to UT or Clemson since his offense fits down there better." I know UT is out now that Kiffin is down there but does Clemson really hold any weight as true? What are all of your thoughts?
Here is the link -- the discussion is in the middle of the broadcast...around the 6 1/2 minute mark or so.
It's hard to believe but after just 7 games (unless a miracle occurs), RR has established himself as either the WORST or perhaps, if the future is bright, the BEST Michigan coach in the last 50 years.
Right now, RR is the worst (no other coach has had a losing record since 1967 (Bump Elliott 4-6).
It will be a tall order to recover from this. Probably nothing less than at least 1 MNC and a future winning percentage of .800 will do it.
I have high hopes RR will do it!