I did not make this headline up
First, I like Rich Rodriguez and I want him to succeed. I think next year is the tell-all year on whether he will succeed, and I would love for him and his players to have that chance.
But I do have an interesting story to relate on a very VIP in Michigan football history, who happened to have dinner at a local establishment in the last couple days, and happened to be waited on by a very good friend of mine who enjoyed bantering with this man and his companions for the better part of three hours.
This is no bullshit. And I am being very vague for the reason that I don't want to bust my buddy, or the establishment where he works.
My buddy is a kinda Michigan fan, more just a local sports fan, and he was very cognizant and impressed by the fact that he was waiting on said VIP.
The shocka quote, among many my friend heard from the jovial men that evening: "I always said, You don't win with one player and you don't lose with one player, but what they've done with that young man...."
My friend came away with a very strong, favorable impression of this man, who he said was friendly, engaging, and down to earth. As well as his friends. He said upon approaching the table at one point the name "Harbaugh" was being tossed around, but they quieted down when he came up.
Okay, that's it. I debated posting this story here for many reasons, primary of which it is hearsay and I do not want to put my bud or "VIP" under the gun. Ultimately I decided to report in this sophomoric cryptic way because I think many mgoblog readers might read the tea leaves and have some idea of what is going on here.
My conclusion: I would still like RR to stay. But I doubt that he will.
Well, Rich got ripped a new one a few weeks ago by some who objected to his suggestion that the negativity in our fanbase was hurting us on the recruiting trail. Well, I certainly wouldn't think it has helped us here... Bye Dee, would have loved to see you share a backfield with Denard.
Any objections? Neg away...
Per Angelique twitter account,
Denard to seniors re: Bowl "We're going to let you all out with a big victory. No matter what team, we're going to get a win"
and Per Mark Snyder
AD Dave Brandon on bowl destination: "Frank (Beckmann) thinks we might be going west, I think we might be going in a different direction."
I have seen several people comment that the bowl game is make or break for RR. I can't see how the bowl game makes much difference. Our bowl opponent has yet to be determined and could be either very tough, mediocre, or somewhere between. The main arguments for replacing RR: bad defense, losses to rivals, 33% winning percentage in conference will not be changed by a bowl victory. The main arguments for retaining RR: improvement, youth/inexperience, offensive genius, etc. also will not be changed by the bowl result. I have to believe that DB has a good idea about what he will do and is just checking with his subordinates and being sure he is not too hasty in his decision. Also, like an NFL receiver in the end zone, AD's must complete the process or any decision they make will be void.
Arizona Wildcats (-4) take on Arizona State. Game starts shortly. Open thread goes here.
Also, Fuck the Eagles.