I did not make this headline up
You decide if it's inspirational or a plea for another chance
Warning - this post contains no coaching discussion points and focuses entirely on football. For those of you expecting the usual "fire RR/no keep RR" post I sure that will undoubtedly come up next on the board.
I am very much looking forward to our bowl game as we will be as healthy for that contest as we have been since Connecticut. One of the many causalities of a young team is lack of depth and our ability to overcome injuries has been severely hampered by our lack of able bodies. Take a look at the injury report for the OSU game:
QUESTIONABLE (50% PLAY)
Hemingway, Junior Head
PROBABLE (75% PLAY)
Gallon, Jeremy Shoulder
Martin, Mike Ankle
Roh, Craig Head
Smith, Vince Head
Stonum, Darryl Ankle
Not on this list but certainly not at 100% was Shaw, Lewan and even Robinson. Tate was banged up too but playing through it when called upon. I'm sure there were lots of other unreported "walking wounded" that we never really heard about too. So our team was a shell of what it started out to be and I think the results show that.
The bowl game however gives all the guys 30 days to rest and get well. I am expecting a VERY different team to emerge as we get the players back at full strength and I think the results will show it.
I didn't include the players lost for the season because they will obviously not be back but based on the guys returning to health I am predicting a Michigan win. And I believe this regardless of who we get matched up with because we will have the players back to make that happen for the first time in a very, very long while.
As a preface, as most of you know, I was a strong RR supporter, but since mid-season, I have joined the ranks of those who think that RR should probably not be back next year.
So I logged on to MGoBlog this morning to see if there was any actual insight (not the Bowl)to be gained from the Bust last night. And I see that certain members of the MSM and some posters are trashing RR's quote that he "wants to be a Michigan Man."
Are you freeking kidding me? This is what our fanbase is reduced to? Criticizing Coach for being honest and humble in his speech at a team Bust? To me, RR's statement that he wants to be a Michigan Man was one of the most sincere, emotionally-open statement I can recall a coach giving.
He is acknowledging that within our alumni and fan base, there is a concept of a Michigan Man. He is acknowledging that many do not accept him as a Michigan Man. And, most importantly, he is expressing his honest desire to gain acceptance to that designation. He is recognizing that just because he was hired to coach the team, that does not automatically make him a Michigan Man.
To me, that statement alone makes RR a Michigan Man. From what I have read of the bust, RR handled himself with dignity and class, and in a manner that makes me proud to have him as our coach.
While I still have reservations as to whether he can survive the shitstorm that he has faced, RR is a class act who is deserving of all of our respect and pride. He certainly does not deserve to have his statements twisted and mischaracterized as they have been.
I couldn't think of anything better for a title. But, we lost out on Dee Hart today. Boo frickin' hoo! We have Justice Hayes, and a good shot at some others. But more importantly we have a good RB crew that is currently on the Michigan Football roster, and they are ALL IN. Dee Hart would have been a good addition but he had doubts about Michigan for whatever reason.
So lets move forward with our Michigan Men and support them the way we should.
Today, Dee Hart officially becomes a different sort of target for Michigan. One that we will take aim at in Sept of 2012. We want guys to HAIL........not guys that BAIL! Go Blue!
If RR is let go, my hope for him is that he is hired at Miami. He does so well with recruiting now, can you imagine what he would do "in state". Then people wouldn't be able to complain about his recruiting any longer. He might even get Dee to join. How ironic would that be?
This is a public University, so the easy answer is that the University of Michigan is the State of Michigan's. In reality, though, I think that the University belongs to those of us who have attended or are attending. The University is a body of people, past and present, a history and future as well as the buildings on campus. Having said that, I want to object to the people here who continually argue that David Brandon needs to ignore the old, out of touch alumni. I don't want this to degrade into a cc discussion, so I am going to remind everyone that there are pro-RR and anti-RR alumns. I think that it would be an arrogant travesty for the 20 thousand kids attending the University currently and the people on staff at the present time to disregard the opinions of the hundreds of thousands of people who were there before them. Why shouldn't the opinions of all alumni, former players, major boosters, etc. weigh heavily into any coaching decision?