Although he previously called for RR's firing, Wojo as usual has a reasoned opinion on the situation with the next month or so:
...Rodriguez said. "No matter what I say, it's not going to change people's opinions. So I'm better off not saying anything."
That's probably the truth, as the piling-on piles up. Those who want a change because of his 15-21 record (0-6 against Ohio State and Michigan State) aren't likely to be swayed. Those who support him because of Denard Robinson and the dynamic offense aren't wrong.
Conference Pride on the line as always, I added Nebraska because they will be lumped in when it's all said and done. It's the Big Ten vs. Big 12/Big Ten vs. SEC. I know there has been many post on this but I added the point spread via USA today Odds and Bowl records. Initial thoughts...Vegas hates us.
Odds (Over/Under) B/r=Bowl Record
Insight(Tempe, AZ) DEC 28 10pm ESPN
Missouri -1 (46.5) B/r 12-15
Iowa B/r 13-10-1
Texas(Houston, TX) DEC 29 6pm ESPN
Illinois B/r 6-9
Baylor -1.5 (61.5) B/r 9-10-1
Holiday(San Diego, CA) DEC 30 10pm ESPN
Nebraska -13 (52) B/r 24-22
Washington B/r 14-14-1
Ticket City (Dallas TX) JAN 1 12pm ESPNU
Northwestern B/r 1-7
Texas Tech. -9.5 (59.5) B/r 11-21-1
Outback (Tampa, FL) JAN 1 1pm ABC
Florida -7 (47) B/r 18-19
Penn St. B/r 27-13-2
Capital One (Orlando, FL) Jan 1 1pm ESPN
Alabama -10.5 (50.5) B/r 33-22-3
Michigan St. B/r 7-13
Gator (Jacksonville, FL) Jan 1 1pm ESPN2
Miss St. -6 (58.5) B/r 8-6
Michigan B/r 19-20
Rose (Pasadena, CA) Jan 1 5pm ESPN
Wisconsin B/r 11-10
TCU -3 (56.5) B/r 11-14-1
Sugar (New Orleans, LA) Jan 4 8pm ESPN
Ohio St. -3 (57.5) B/r 19-22
Arkansas B/r 12-22-3
Hoping we don't have to hear about how slow the Big Ten is but it's ESPN and I'm sure they'll spin it to OMG ESSS EEEE SEEE. GO BIG TEN!
Oklahoma OC Kevin Wilson will be named Indiana's new head coach tomorrow, replacing the fired Bill Lynch.
In other news, Northern Illinois coach Jerry Kill is the new Minnesota coach. During the 90's he was the coach at Saginaw Valley State, so it's kinda cool to see a mid-Michigan guy ascend to a Big Ten job.
Chris Hays from the Orlando Sentinel posted this article after talking to Demetrius Hart. The article says that Demetrius plans on staying committed to Michigan as long as Rich Rodriguez is the head coach. The shocker is this. If Rich Rodriguez is fired, Demetrius says he will end up at Florida, not Alabama.
I spoke with Chris about the article, and he felt that Demetrius was being genuine. He, along with everyone else, isn't sure what Demetrius will do but said Demetrius told him he will stay if Rich Rodriguez does too. He told Chris Hays tonight that Alabama is out, and it's all about the spread offense for him. Demetrius is also no longer enrolling early, according to Chris and the article.
[Ed-M : Interesting comparison, but not a diary]
So the big news in the NFL was the Broncos firing Josh McDaniels as their head coach. When both Rich Rod and Josh McDaniels were hired, there were some parallels in the type of hiring that took place. I think Michigan and the Broncos made a similiar coaching decision when hiring their respective coaches. Happily, the bottom line is that Rich Rod is a better coach and a much better person, two factors that will hopefully weigh heavily in Dave Brandon's pending decision.
Michigan hired Rich Rod knowing that he was a paradigm changing coach for our program. He was/is relatively young, though with a track record of real success. We took a chance on the exciting prospects of higher octane offense and schemes on both sides of the ball that had built West Virginia into a real program.
The Denver Broncos hired Josh McDaniels following the Mike Shanahan era. Shanahan's time in Denver was not unlike Lloyd Carr's at Michigan. Shanahan won Super Bowls in 97 and 98 with John Elway, only to spend the next ten years with successful- but not championship-caliber teams. The Broncos needed a change even though Mike Shanahan was an excellent coach, a feeling many of us had about Lloyd in 2007. (Obviously no disrespect to Lloyd Carr, he was and is a class act and one of our all time greatest coaches.)
McDaniels was hired because he was going to bring fresh life to the Broncos. As a Belichick disciple, McDaniels had done extremely well as the Pats offensive coordinator. He built Matt Cassel into a legitimate NFL quarterback. He was a young, bright coach who was going to bring a new and exciting system to Denver.
Fast forward to today and the firing of Josh McDaniels. Part of the decision to fire McDaniels was his overall win-loss record. Since starting 6-0 last year, McDaniels had subsequently gone 5-17 with the Broncos. This sounds not too dissimilar from Rich Rod’s 4-0 and 5-0 starts over the past two years, right? No, not even close. Here are the differences:
1. McDaniels had lost the team's confidence
If one thing came out of the end of this season, it is clear that the players still believe in Rich Rodriguez. Our guys believe in Rich Rod and want him to succeed. Effort has never been an issue this year. Even our defense, which admittedly has been tough to watch, has played hard for Coach Rod week in and week out.
2. McDaniels was arrogant and destroyed the talent base
Say what you will about Coach Rod's speech last week, his message was humility and belief in the Michigan program. He is not arrogant. Josh McDaniels didn't get along with his star players and destroyed the Broncos by trading Jay Cutler, Peyton Hillis and Brandon Marshall. Rich Rod has been quietly building and improving this Michigan team. The talent level of this Michigan team is rising.
3. McDaniels was coaching for himself, not for the players
When watching Broncos games this year, one thing above all else struck me about Josh McDaniels. He had little to no interaction with any players on the sidelines. Literally none. He was aloof and didn't bother to check in with his players, whether things were going well or poorly. Chatter from within the Broncos organization was that McDaniels was not well received by the players this year, after having alienated many of the veterans.
Rich Rod is clearly fully invested in his players at Michigan. He cares about them and is fully engaged in their success as athletes and people. One example: he wouldn't let Denard back into the game against Illinois out of concern for his head injury. Rich Rod was emotional last week at the Bust when talking about how much his players mean to him.
While no one is ecstatic about the win-loss column over the last three seasons, it is instructive to see how Rich Rodriguez looks when compared to Josh McDaniels. The two shared more than a few commonalities when hired to be the new head coaches of their respective teams. Luckily, Michigan hired a guy who has maintained a high quality environment for the Michigan football program. Josh McDaniels provides a great reference point for the type of coach who should be fired. Rich Rodriguez deserves a much better fate.
[Ed-M: This is really board material]
I've only been able to make it to ONE Michigan Bowl game in my life, but it was a fine game at that --- the January 1, 1991 Gator Bowl.
My brother lives in Daytona Beach, and I usually visited him around NY's Day. This year, it happened that UM had beaten a woefully-coached Cooper OSU team on a last second FG by JD Carlson (why ON EARTH would a coach sent slow, David-Cone-style Greg Frye on an option on 4th and 1 from his own 29????)
UM faced Mississippi, the school that (at least then) proudly strutted out the Confederate Flag (OK...didn't that War end in something like 1865????).
Anyway, I had easy access to UM tickets so my "bro" and I (my "bro" is a dual UM/MSU grad, please don't flame me for that one) decided to go to the game, sitting in the Michigan section.
Michigan got off to a good start and a TD to go up 7-0. Ole Miss got a long FG to get to 7-3. Then, all hell broke loose, at least against the ""Rebs" (gotta love a team that names itself after the LOSING faction in a cataclismic batlle --- did you ever hear off the "Goldwaters" or "Dukasis'es"). Desmond Howard, in a preview to the 1991 Heisman, toasted a slow, white Ole Miss DB for an easy TD on a bomb.
Michigan set its modern day record for most yds in a game at something like 715 yds of total offense. If not for a few turnovers, we would have won Civil War II by more than 32 points.
I remember thinking, after the game, that we had just beat a mid-level (Minnesota in those days) B10 team.
Let's hope we can repeat some history this coming January 1st!!!!!