chance of bowl: 13.6%
The following is a "documented transcript" of a recorded conversation between Rich Rodriguez and David Brandon: As an MGoBlogger who believes in the importance of other random mgobloggers having access to the truth, I'm publishing this conversation's transcript:
RR: Hey David, you said you wanted to see me?
David Brandon: Yes, yes come on in, have a seat… are you hungry?
RR: I think I’m alright, Rita’s making her famous Nacho dip tonight for an appetizer, and you know how she gets if she finds out I’ve already eaten…
DB: Yea yea, I know... why get Domino's when you have Nacho Dip at home, i get it.
RR: Yeah, I mean I’m more of a Pizza House kinda guy but your point stands…
RR: That was a joke, tough crowd! Is it me or is it getting hot in here?
DB : Ah, good one Rich! You had me there for a minute!
RR: Anyway, you wanted to see me?
DB: Yes, I had a question for you, and I need you to answer honestly.
RR: You know me David, I’m a straight shooter. Say, would you turn the AC on or something, I’m boiling over here.
DB: Well… my question for you is, do you think I look like Chris Fowler?
RR: Well, not really, but if you did, I’d say like a more established, successful version. Nothing against Chris Fowler, he’s nice and all, but if there’s any resemblance, I’d say he looks like you, not the other way around.
DB: Good point! Thanks Rich, I knew you’d give it to me straight.
RR: Anytime. Seriously, it’s hot in here… I’m sweating like a sinner in church over here… are these seats heated?
DB: Haha, so you’re feeling like your seat is hot, ‘eh?! Get it?
DB: It’s a joke! Yes, I’ll turn down the heat on your seat...new amenity I installed. Listen, I know what I’ve told the media, but really I’m just having fun with them. Particularly, those clowns over at MGoBlog. Have you ever been on that site?
RR: Me? Nah, David you know I don’t listen to any of those bloggers... all that stuff is poison, but it can’t hurt you if you don’t swallow it.
DB: Agreed, but if you’re ever on it… my handle is profitgoblue.
RR: Handle? Listen, I know you’re going to do what’s best for the program, and I respect your decision, no matter what it is. Just know, that from day one, I've tried my best to become a Michigan Man, and I want to be here for the long haul, and win championships here at Michigan.
DB: Well, thank you Rich. Come over here though, and check this site out, seriously.
RR: Ah, alright.
DB: How about this thread “Could DB have possibly done worse here…” Let me click on that one… WHAT? Captain Obvious doesn’t trust me? He DISLIKES me? Ahhh… let’s skip this one… let’s go to one that’s about you…
RR: I really don’t think we should concern ourselves…
DB: Ah, c’mon, it’ll be fun! How about this one?
RR, DB: Boobies!!!
DB: Who is that?!
RR: I think that’s the girl who sings that California Girls song. My daughter loves her!
DB: I love her too but geez, they remake every song nowadays...
RR: Hey David, I’ve got to head out now before I’m in the dog house… are we all set here?
DB: Yes, but before you go, just know one thing… The job is yours, and that hasn’t changed at all in my mind at any point this season. Just promise me one thing… promise me you’ll help me by putting an end to this chatter. Quite frankly, it’s tiring.
RR: Next year…? I’m only focused on our next bowl game… but believe me, you will not regret this. You're going to be a big part of something special. Have a good night Dave.
DB: Night Coach.
For those of you that have been waiting, below is an official copy of the Prohibition on Coaching Change Posts Act of 2010. For those of you that are predisposed to comply with the terms of the Act, I suggest printing the below and posting it in your cubicle, office, dorm room, or some other location where it can easily be referenced. This act was codified on November 30, 2010 but is always subject to further revision. Please let me know if you see any glaring issues that need to be addressed. Thank you in advance.
The Prohibition on Coaching Change Posts Act of 2010.
Article 1 - Notices
(a) Notices of MGoInfraction shall be "filed" by Profitgoblue as soon as practicable after a violation of this Act.
(b) Notices shall be in writing and shall specifically (i) explain the violation, (ii) inform the offender of the fine levied, and (iii) inform the offender of their opportunity for appeal.
Article 2- Infractions, Defined
(a) Thou shalt not, under any circumstances, discuss Jim Harbaugh in connection with the Michigan head coaching job unless and until Rich Rodriguez has officially been relieved of his current contractual obligations.
(b) Thou shalt not, under any circumstances, lobby for or otherwise argue in support of the firing of Rich Rodriguez until at least the end of 2011.
(c) Thou shalt not, under any circumstances, speculate, opine, or otherwise comment on Dave Brandon's decision timeframe with respect to the head coaching and/or defensive coordinator job(s).
(d) Thou shalt not, under any circumstances, post a personal opinion with respect to whether or not Rich Rodriguez will be fired.
(e) Catch-all provision - additional infractions can be identified at a later date by Profitgoblue in his sole discretion.
Article 3- Penalties
(a) All violations shall carry a minimum fine of 1 MGoPoint, issued by Profitgoblue, with a maximum fine to be determined by the MGoCommunity at large.
(b) Fines are subject to waivers as more fully described below.
Article 4- Waivers
(a) Waivers of Application of the Act - posts that would otherwise be deemed violations of the Act can be excused by formal, written waiver issued by Profitgoblue in his sole discretion.
(b) Waivers of Levy of Penalty - posts that are deemed violations of the Act shall be cited by penalties can be excused by formal, written waiver issued by Profitgoblue.
Article 5- Appeals
(a) All MGoInfractions will be final determinations unless a formal, written appeal is "filed" within twenty-four (24) hours of the initial notice of the infraction.
(b) All appeals must be "file" by posting a reply to the initial Notice.
(c) The merits of all properly-filed appeals, as well as all amicus briefs filed on the offender's behalf, will be considered by Profitgoblue in his sole discretion.
(d) If successful on appeal, the MGoPoints deducted by Profitgoblue will be restored.
(e) If unsuccessful on appeal, the MGoPoints deducted by Profitgoblue will be lost forever. However, a mandatory restoration of MGoPoints shall occur if the ruling on appeal is sufficiently negged.
have for dinner tonight?
My wife thinks I'm crazy, but I'm going with Little Caesar's Pizza.
Per ESPN, Brandon is not moving up his timetable to evaluate RichRod.
Dave Brandon has been asked repeatedly about Rich Rodriguez’s status. He has given the same answer consistently: “I will evaluate the program after the bowl game.”
I cannot recall the last time a college football coach was fired after his bowl game. It has probably happened, but it is very rare. There are only 4-5 weeks between the bowl season and national signing day. That is too little time for a new coach to fill any holes in the class, to re-recruit the existing commits, and to replace any who bail out. Generally, if the coach is going to be fired, it is right after the regular season.
In the meantime, leaving Rodriguez’s status unclear makes it difficult to land any uncommitted recruits who are still considering Michigan, and it increases the likelihood that existing commits might waver. I cannot imagine that Brandon does not know this.
It therefore seems that the time to make a decision about Rodriguez is now. If Brandon wants him back in 2011, go ahead and say so. That, at least, will shore up the recruiting class. Other decisions (e.g., defensive coordinator) can wait. If he does not want Rodriguez back, fire him now, and get a replacement on board for the final two months of the recruiting season.
One scenario floating around the various message boards, is this: Brandon has already decided to fire Rodriguez, but he is waiting to make an announcement until he has a replacement lined up. That scenario also gives him the wiggle room to retain Rodriguez for another year if the coach he wants turns out to be unavailable.
The longer Brandon goes without explicitly saying that Rodriguez will be back, the more gossip there will be about his demise. Brandon must realize how poisonous these rumors are. If he does nothing to dispel them, you have to assume that he is quietly looking elsewhere. There is otherwise no good reason to wait.
This is getting out of control. Believe me, I am as frustrated as the next guy. Watching the game yesterday, in conjunction with every time they mentioned not winning since 2003, made me sick, actually. I know we as fans love to speculate until we hear an actual decision about anything on this board. This team has had a rough year, they showed signs of potential greatness, but coupled that with signs of regression. That leaves us as a fanbase in quite a quandary, because in year 3 of a new regime, we had expected and hoped to see something further along.
I come here with a plea for us as a fanbase, at least the rational ones, to just let this play out. Brandon has repeatedly said he will evaluate after the season. I love mgoblog, but I do not want to sit here all month long reading new posts about Harbaugh or any other potential coach/DC we might see. Can we please just trust Mr. Brandon to make the right decision for the future of this program. I have been an RR fan through thick and thin, and part of me still wants him back because I think he can succeed, but ultimately, I am putting my trust in Dave Brandon to make a good decision to put this program on the right trajectory for the long term. So, that the Michigan brand rises back to where it belongs and so that the product on the field is contention, every year. Dave Brandon will get it done, with whomever it may be, RR, or moving a different direction.
In Dave Brandon I trust, and so should all of us. Good luck boys, let's get some solid practices in before the bowl game.