Michigan man mania
Joe Bolden @JBolden_007
Warning: no data analysis included.
With folks still clamoring about who is, or is not, a Michigan man, we're missing something -- we have a kingmaker, of sorts, of Michigan men. David Brandon wasn't a star under Bo, but he stayed, he played, and then went out and was successful in the world -- what all Michigan grads aspire to do. And so, with a few words like those below, David Brandon could end the debate.
"You know, a lot has been said about being a Michigan man. I think we all know that Michigan men are made, not born. Fielding Yost wasn't a Michigan man when he came here from West Virginia. Bo Schembechler wasn't a Michigan man when he came here from Ohio. But we all know Bo became THE Michigan man. And Bo Schembechler made me a Michigan man, and I've been proud to spend my entire life working in this great state.
Rich Rodriguez came to Michigan because he wanted to test himself on the biggest stage imaginable, in the Big House. Michigan men thrive on challenges, and he took on a big one. It hasn't been easy, but the team has been making progress. I think he is the best man to lead this team in 2011 and into the future.
The decision to honor and extend Rich's contract was mine. It was my choice to keep him, when we could have easily gone another direction. And so, if any of you don't think Rich Rodriguez is enough of a Michigan man, please come talk to me. I'd be happy to tell you how proud I am to have Rich Rodriguez coaching the team of FIelding Yost, Bo Schembechler, and Lloyd Carr."
and of course, the alternative:
"Rich Rodriguez is a good man and a good football coach. He has done well in trying circumstances, and we should all be proud of the effort his teams have put forth on the field, in the classroom, and in society. I know he will continue to be successful, wherever he goes. But we have decided to make a change.
I had the tremendous opportunity to attend the University of Michigan and play football under Bo Schembechler. Bo made me a Michigan man. I had some success after I left Michigan, and while I enjoyed that work, nothing could be as rewarding as giving back to the school that gave me so much. I'm delighted to be back at Michigan.
There's another fellow who played under a great coach at Michigan and went on to have some success at other places after he left Ann Arbor. And he, like me, realized that he wanted to come back and work for the greatest university in America. Ladies and gentleman, please welcome our next football coach, Jim Harbaugh*."
Whichever way he comes down, I hope he comes down forcefully (and soon!). Of course, how could I doubt the hand o' the pimp?
* Or Mike Hart, if you want to go there. Upside? Potential to break JoePa's record.