no, YOU'RE off topic
(Sorry if this is to long for the board-I don't post often and I felt like I am not a good enough writer to post in a diary compared to whats on the board these days)
Yesterday one of my best friends called me to talk a bit about Michigan football as we always do every other week or so. During the conversation you could hear the frustration and disappointment in both our voices. It was just total disgust from the entire ordeal. Even after everything thats happened since OSU 2006 & App State I have never heard that "I am damn tired and almost beat" voice from either one of us. But it was there today.
If there is one thing that I am sure of if they fire Rich, its that the feeling of sadness will never ever leave me. I fucking love this guy. I'll be a lifelong fan and whatever school he goes to is going to become my 2nd favorite team and I don't have a 2nd favorite team. Its Michigan. And I am not grandstanding but damn if Rich isn't the gold standard of what we consider a Michigan man to be. It shows in the kids and anyone who can't see that is a blind fool. Has he made some mistakes since he got here? Yes and who hasn't? But none of them would have ever been blown so far out of proportion if it wasn't for the bad luck, more bad luck, timing and microscopic eye he has been under.
This has been beat like a dead horse but the simple fact is its true-Rodriguez has never had anything but grief since he walked in the door. Yet he just keeps on smiling, trying to be polite and doing what is best for the program. I'd say that is pretty commendable considering I have never in my life seen a person take as much intentional sabotaging as this coach has. Sure there have been some actual shitty coaches get publicly dogged here and there but its just kisses of sunshine compared to this.
Violations? We all know he didn't commit any goddamn violations. He was picked apart by some classless and completely worthless so called journalists in one of the biggest hatchet jobs in college sports history. I wish we lived in a simpler world where Dave Brandon says we want a flat out apology or anyone on your payroll is never allowed near the program again. IMO their smear job alone may have cost this team and Rich a couple of wins progress just due to it affect on recruiting. And ultimately that is just one more missile in my arsenal of reasoning for keeping this man one more year.
Nobody on here or anywhere can truly give good reasoning for his firing without leaving out even more reasoning for keeping him. But the Jim Harbaugh thing has made so many people lose sight, even more so than the losses. And they don't even know if the guy really wants the job or if Michigan even wants him. Everybody is in a rush as if this is it, we need to seize the day and get this guy now before he bolts etc., that the true reasoning as to why we need to wait has left out the door for even some of the biggest Rich Rodriguez supporters.
Is this the only coach out there? Maybe. Maybe not. But if we are trying to make a change immediately he might be the only correct choice if a change has to happen right now. But if Rich is shown the door and Harbaugh is the guy to replace him, what happens if he fails? That is when looking at the very long term future right now becomes essential. Because if anyone here thinks we are going to be able to hand select a great coach after they see what just happened with Rich, let alone followed by an exit by one of Michigans own its a wrap and we really could tailspin for a long time just like so many fans are paranoid about. IMO Nobody worth their weight is going to want to touch the job. Why would they? With the local media slander job and the hateful part of the fanbase looming in background, if you aren't showing the college football world that you will give someone time to succeed under these conditions the lineup won't be long. Hell it wasn't in 2007 either.
On the flip side, if we fire Rich Rodriguez and replace him with Jim Harbaugh and he becomes successful I will be happy to have a good coach and see Michigan win. But deep down in my heart I will also be hurt and broken hearted for what could have been as well as a bit ashamed. I'll always think "What if?" for years. What if he had one more damn year. One more year without all the bad luck, less speculation drama(because it will be what it will be-a make or brake year-no extra questions asked because they have all been asked and answered except one) and with a team that actually wasn't a bunch of babies compared to the rest of the Big 10. And if that never comes, and in the coming weeks I end up seeing Rich get shown the door I will shed more than a few tears and thats no bullshit. Because this story would truly have a sad ending. In epic media fashion to boot.
Im sure Harbaugh if hired would give the fans a lot of hype fuel with words about wipping our rivals asses, and I have heard a lot of people saying they want that because they feel Rich doesn't show any fire or seem to care about our rivals. But I say hogwash, nobody wants those wins more than he does. But I don't see rich as the guy to go out spewing Dantonio like moronic comments with or without the product to back it up. But I think when we are ready to roll these teams and he knows it, there will definitely be some jabs, yet professional because thats who he is.
People say hiring Harbaugh will unite the fanbase. Maybe in a way, but the damn fans should have already been there.
There's no need for it. Brandon is committed to doing an evaluation after the bowl game. It is already too late to fire Rodriguez. There is no harm done in letting him coach another year - especially on the money side of things. If Harbaugh wants to go pro, well then, he can make that decision. We don't want him if he is just going to do that in a few years anyway, and on the other hand if he really, really wants to come to Ann Arbor well, eff it, let him show us that. Especially the case after the way he jammed up the program a few years back.
Brian, you may have heard things from reputable sources, but I do not hear you saying that someone has told you anything with certainty.
So based on the rumors, but then looking at the time, and the bottom line, and then considering that there is absolutely no evidence that Harbaugh even WANTS to come here, I'll stick with my guns. It would be a bad decision to dump Coach Rod and go off into the unknown, especially with the price being what it is.
Additionally, I have heard it said that Brandon will not fire Coach Rod unless he has some assurance that Harbaugh wants the job. To those who say this, I ask where the f*** is your information coming from on this one? And also I will say - if Brandon is the kind of slimeball that would say on one hand that he will wait in order to evaluate, all then while putting out feelers to Harbaugh, and then conditioning what he does based on what Harbaugh says, then we all must step back and reconsider the propriety of the Athletic Director. I consider him to be a stand-up guy - but maybe I should reconsider, based on the infinite wisdom of the speculators in our midst.
I want Rodriguez to remain Michigan's Coach. But I suspect that Brandon likes the flexibility of potentially hiring Harbaugh, after the bowl games. I honestly don't think he's made up his mind. But, as he has stated, he didn't ever intend to have made the decision by now. And I think Harbaugh is enjoying the knowledge that he will be seriously considered for the Michigan coaching job, but for now can just focus on preparing for a BCS bowl.
I want RR to remain. I FELT it was a bit unfair when Les Moss, who had a winning record was fired by the Detroit Tigers in order to bring on Sparky Anderson. But I wasn't entirely unhappy that this World Series winner came aboard. Joe Dumars fired Rick Carlisle, and hired Larry Brown, who had won a National Championship at Kansas. And the Red Wings fired Bryan Murray after a 103 point season, because Scotty Bowman was available.
The difference between these three examples and Harbaugh v Rodriguez is that the other three coaches were proven CHAMPIONS.
All that being said, whether or not Brandon fires RR and hires JH, I will support our Coach. And I will support Brandon in whatever decision he makes.
Interesting if there is truth to it.
This is my first journal entry. Never thought I'd see a reason to do so. Brian's and company, as well as large portion of the casual/everyday posters had been enough for me. I really didn't then, or probaby, now,have anything that would bring anything new or better written. Now, knowing my opinion is just that, my opinion, I feel compelled to hunt and peck this entry.
Why....why would any sane fan of this great team even entertain the idea of a coaching change? I don't need to recount everything you already know. Plain and simple when we hired R.R we hired a new era. I've watched this TEAM for 40 yrs. I know what a Michigan man is. Michigan men don't say big blue and thet don't whine like buckeyes when for the first time since I was a young boy we don't get our nine wins every season -- nine being a give or take sorta thing. I'm not gonna go research the #'s but i believe I was 12 the last time we didn't make a bowl. Now two years and we're back. But i still hear this whine.
If I could justify any of the numerous reasons, maybe just one, this entry would never be made. I see the same #'s, opinions, polls and content that you do; and as hard as I've tried to stay off the boards I cannot. Michigan is MICHIGAN for a reason. We are truly the leaders and the best. Sometimes "leading" can be painful. When these kid have had a chance...a fair shot at showing their talent and heart, we will have, as you've already seen, the most dynamic point scoring machine this league has ever seen. Denard now with Devin in the wings. What else do you want ? Everyone sans S.S is back. But still this whine.
KIDS who shouldn't even see playing time for two years are thrown into the Big 10 and I hear whine. Are you kidding me ! ? The talent is there and the heart is as big as I've seen. Give these kids a chance, a fair shot. Is a year too much ? Practices before the 28th, the bowl game, off season...We'll have a decent D next year. R.R and company have had nooooo luck. None. I read it in here somewhere; no special teams, no defense and we manage 7-5. If you were told preseason of the injury plague that would be our defense this year; would you have bet on 7-5 ? I wouldn't have.
I know in my heart and soul he needs only 2011 to make his case. By 2012 we'll be a BCS contender. We have the chance to witness something special, Something new and ahead of the curve -- the Big 10 has never seen what they'll see once these guys grow up. You don't think he "fits" or isn't a Michigan man; that's on you. I want to see what I've always seen at the Big House: a team other teams are afraid of. A team that dominates and executes and does it with integrity and class. You think Tress would have suspended a key player prior to this game ?
No more whine. The pain is over you just don't know it yet. "Coaching changes yes....Regime change ? Naw baby naw.....D.B is laughing at all R.R haters and those quick to squeeze the trigger. He know's......I know he knows. But I still had to hunt and peck....and I feel better ;-)
GO BLUUUUUUE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!