Let me begin this post by stating I am 51 years old and have been in management for the past 25 years. I have hired and fired people for the bulk of my adult life and currently have direct and indirect supervision over 120 people. And I am well aware of Dave Brandon's professional accomplishments in the business world and have met him and heard him speak several times prior to his appointment as AD.
I am baffled, therefore, at his breaking of one of the oldest rules in management with his dismissal of RR last week. And that is you NEVER terminate an employee (unless terminating for cause) unless you have a superior replacement selected and ready to go when you do. To take out a person in a critical functioning capacity as well as his entire support staff without having the new HC ready to step in immediately is very dangerous and will make the subsequent transition period ripe with potential problems. For example my company recently completed an acquisition of a competing firm and and we wanted to take out their existing executive team but we didn't do it until we had recruited the replacements! Firing them before hand would've put every employee at flight-risk as they would have nowhere to turn for guidance and each of them would ask themselves "am I next?" This is such a basic and fundamental rule of management I cannot believe it was broken.
Which leads me to my original question. What exactly happened last Wednesday? How is it possible that RR wasn't fired, then he was the next day. This too is something you learn in management early on - never drag out the termination process. Fire them quickly, let them vent and then answer questions. You don't conduct a "Chinese water torture" on the person being let go. This rule seems to have been broken as well and I can't help but wonder why given Brandon's obvious experience in these matters.
I wonder if Rich did, in fact, get the ultimatum "fire all your defensive assistants and you can stay" and he refused. Many of us (myself included) theorized that DB would have such a conversation with RR at the end of the season and perhaps he did. And if he did and RR refused EVERYTHING that happened afterwards makes sense. DB would have to fire RR because he would be in defiance of his directive. The firing would be delayed a day as RR decided what to do. And DB might not have a "plan B" because he never imagined Rich wouldn't acquiesce to his demands for a new defensive staff.
What do you guys think?
Going forward I have a serious concern that RichRod may have crippled Michigan football for years to come. To be blunt, his NCAA academic progress rate bordered on horrible.
2010 numbers are not out yet, but given what we know happened with academics and the team this year I am fairly worried that things got worse.
2009 report link in PDF: http://web1.ncaa.org/app_data/apr2009/418_2009_apr.pdf
Football, as of June, had an 897. Not only are we facing contermpoeneous penalties, but based on his tending we may be facing historic penalties.
We know Tate failed and is likely to leave the school. If Michigan did not improve over 900 for 2010 and he is counted as leaving after a failure we face a loss of 10 percent of program scholarships.
We already have gotten our warning letter, which means even if Tate is not counted as leaving school after a failure, we will still lose scholarships and practice time if RichRod did not get us back over 900.
If the trend is not corrected next season we lose post season play.
Glen Mason I know but he did make some good points. Here’s hoping our QB’s don’t get the transfer Bug.
"When I had to play Michigan and they ran out of that tunnel," Mason recalled, "I'd say, 'God, that's how I want my team to look.'
I read earlier in the week that he was believed to be retained. Has he really been kept? What will the effects of that be?
Alright, so we've OFFICIALLY eliminated (or they've eliminated us) in no particular order: Fitz, Peterson, Harbaugh (Jim), anyone else? As far as I can tell those are the only ones officially off the table.
This leaves us with a mind-boggling array of actual possibilities. Yes, some of these are off the wall, but I'm trying to get a comprehensive list of ppl that have in one credible way or another been tied to the job.
So, in alphabetical order:
Am I missing anyone?
So, who are your keepers and who either passes on us or we pass on them (yes, I realize there are some indications of this from some of the list)? Please keep it to a 2 or 3 person maximum. Mebbe I should make a poll?
I've heard good things about LSU's defensive coordinator, but after reading the LSU boards, it seems that not many are too excited about his OC..........does anyone believe that LM would bring his entire staff, or could there be a good possibilty Les moves in a new direction on offense..........