IIRC, the Detroit Lions got in a bit of trouble a few years back when they hired Mariuchi or Morningwheg or Marinelli...well...one of the "emms" anyway because Detroit did not interview a minority candidate. Something about "Millen wanting his guy and not taking a fair look at other candidates" or something along those lines.
- Does UM have to go through this process (I'm not saying it's a bad thing, btw) or is it strictly an NFL thing? Can Dave Brandon just hire whomever he wants without a committee or search or anything?
- How is it that this JH to UM thing is so quiet? Where are all the websites tracking airline flights (not a fan of this, btw) that may or may not be carrying UM interviewers or interviewees?
Also, if JH is not introduced as coach in the 'back half of the week' how badly does this reflect on Brandon? If there is no deal in place to replace RR with JH at this point, this is going to go from bad to worse in a heartbeat. Brandon has been talking about 'evaluation' for a while now. That has to be BS at this point and clearly a back up plan to JH bailing. However, after the bowl game, seems like the general feeling is that it's Harbaugh or bust at this point. No other coach will do. If the 'evaluation' has not been a cover up for a behind the scenes deal to hire JH after his bowl game tonight, UM football is seriously screwed, RR is hamstrung and Dave Brandon is responsible for at least this:
- Completely undermining his current coach (RR)
- The lack of focus in bowl preparations/game play due to coaching change
- General current and future recruiting fiascos (Zettel to PSU, Dee Hart decommit)
My inside source says he is 95% certain that DB's secret lifelong ambition is about to come to fruition and he'll name himself Head Coach for Life following the Gator Bowl. Harbaugh to be his QB coach and Head Coach for Life in-waiting.
BK it. Bam. Done and done. DB is going to look dope with his digits all blinged up.
SIAP. DetNews has a few quotes from DB about NCAA rules.
Best quote, "I spent less time with lawyers doing a billion-dollar transaction than I did with the recent NCAA case."
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.