Maybe I'm defensive of Rich, but it's bad enough we're forced to watch the USC-ND game instead of Bedlam. Could they please get off the tip of Kelly's dick? He has legitimate excuses to why they suck, but enough already. They got graphics and everything to show me how great a coach he is and why ND blows is not his fault plus the endless blathering of the announcers.
All RR gets is endless snide jokes about the defense with long shots of him seething on the sidelines.
If I could have reached thru the screen and killed Millen when he was laughing about our shanked punt I would have. Your whole GM career was a shank punt Matt, our kickers in Ann Arbor, because our coach has a little integrity and your laughing at us? I want to kill you.
After watching Alabama fold like a cheap suit against Auburn yesterday, I woke up to a variety of news stories (and posts here) claiming that that matchup had PROVED that Boise and other lesser-conference squads did not deserve to play in the championship game.
Granted, Boise State is removed from the championship picture. But tonight they are being derided as a team who collapsed when Auburn scored 25 unanswered points on ALABAMA in Bryant-Denny stadium last night.
What is the difference between the two collapses? And how does the SEC game prove that less-heralded conferences are undeserving? Didn't Utah beat the TAR out of Alabama in a bowl just two years ago? And why, for god's sakes, are B10 and Michigan fans drinking the SEC kool-aid?
(I'm not saying that the major conferences don't tend to be better top to bottom, btw. I'm just wondering whether people are so susceptible to the media hype--especially from the likes of Danielson and CBS Sports--that they can't accept that there are at least a FEW nuances to this debate.)
I had a feeling the Hawkeyes might be demoralized after the last 2 weeks...that appears to be the case. The good news for Iowa is they return their entire team...oh wait what check that they lose pretty much everyone.
I'll look forward to kicking their ass in next year when they are breaking in there new qb and d line.
I think most UM fans had assumed UM was going to be relegated to the Insight Bowl, but with Iowa's amazing choke at Minnesota does UM's bowl position improve?
Iowa, PSU, UM and N'Western are all tied with an overall record of 7-5 with Illinois possibly joining the mix if they beat Fresno State in Fresno. While Iowa and PSU both beat UM and have better conference records, bowl selection groups could still take UM over one or both of those teams. UM still is perceived as a "brand name" team and has not been to a bowl game in the preceding two seasons which might be enough to secure a higher than expected bowl bid.
If I had to lay money on it (Hey jamiemac, do you want to make up the odds for this?), I think UM gets picked ahead of Iowa but behind PSU and ends up in the Gator Bowl at this point.
I'm figuring there's going to be an onslaught of negativity toward RichRod after today's debacle. It really was a bad day for Michigan and the football team (not too great for hoops, either). But I want to write to Brandon and tell him that I support the coach for at least one more year. For me, the calculus is pretty simple: a pattern of improvement against considerable odds and the chance to show, with a maturing team, that he can win. If we're changing horses we might as well do it a year from now, as RichRod's kids begin to move out of the program. Harbaugh can go screw up in the NFL, which won't be as much fun as Michigan would be anyway, and come here with NFL cache after fooling around there for a while; it doesn't follow that we'll never get him if we don't strike now.
Has anyone got Brandon' s email address? (When you look up AD at UMich Athletics, surprisingly, a picture of Martin comes up--not super-professional, or expected, given that Brandon has elevated the office considerably since coming on board.)
Thanks in advance, and I hope others will consider following suit.
Not five seconds after the game ended my 63 year old brother was on the phone demanding that Rich be fired and Harbaugh be made the Head Coach. He said he was "embarrassed" yet again and as a Michigan alumni he didn't much like being embarrassed. He proceeded to list every play that went wrong and decided that they were all a function of poor coaching. When I tried to reason with him on the age of the team we were fielding he gave me the "but we're Michigan" rationale that age was no excuse. I listen to him for a while and then asked him "who do you want as coach if Harbaugh says no thanks". He had no answer.
I want to be VERY clear that I am still firmly in the keep RichRod camp. If I was Brandon I would tell Rich that Gerg and all the D assistants have to go and that we're going to throw as much money as we can at the best DC we can find and let him pick his team.
Now that I established where I fall on the coaching issue I have an open question to the anti-Rich faction of the board (and my brother). If Harbaugh says no - who's your plan B? Les Miles? Cam Cameron? Chris Peterson? Gary Patterson? Who? I think we need to look no further than South Bend to see what happens when you start making coaching changes without a solid replacement lined up.
There seems to be this presumption that Harbaugh would leap at the chance to come back home but what if he says no. Then what?