Red's done great things for this program and no doubt he has universal respect in the hockey world, but as Michigan just shot themselves in the foot for the 3rd straight year I thought I'd look at the numbers to see the impact Mel has had.
Mel has been at either Tech or Michigan since the 1985-1986 season. Darker lines are with Mel (2014 is projected based on current win%)
(Apologies for the hastily assembled, hard to read chart)
Red is a great guy, but I think it's his time. Retire with all appropriate fanfare and respect, but Hackett needs to call Mel and ask what he needs to come back to Ann Arbor.
Mel Pearson has the Huskies humming with a weekend sweep of Wisconsin
Senior captain Brett Olson tallied the game winner just 20 seconds into the extra session to give Tech its fourth straight win to start the season-the first time the program has started 4-0 since its national championship season of 1974-75.
I don't know what Mel's long term plans are, but it seems like whenever Red decides to hang them up, a solid Head Coaching resume will be required of his successor.
Oh and Tom Anastos with MSU is 1-3