Like many of you, I am part of the Michigan Football Establishment. I grew up a Michigan football fan on the west side of Ann Arbor. I was there when Mercury Hayes beat Virginia. I was there when Charles Woodson put a red rose between his teeth signifying our trip to the Rose Bowl, which would eventually clinch a national championship over Ryan Leaf and his Cougars in the mild SoCal sun.
I attended UofM, studying for a degree in Economics from 03-08 (1 senior victory lap), concurrent with Mike Hart, Jake Long and Chad Henne's great tenure at the U. While they didn't beat our hated rival once, they made us proud to be Wolverines.
I know Lloyd Carr personally - He was a neighbor of mine on the west side of Ann Arbor. A class act, there's no other way to put it. I have two younger brothers who used to have the honor of playing catch with Coach Carr in our front yard.
That being said, it was increasingly apparent at the end of Coach Carr's tenure that a change was needed - I must admit, the App State loss was really the "straw that broke the camel's back." While I didn't want to see him fired, I felt that it was his time to go gracefully, and that he did.
I wanted Les Miles - A solid coach, and a Michigan Man. It was inevitable - He had to be our next fearless leader. I wasn't crazy about our other alternatives - Brian Kelly, Schiano - they just didn't do it for me.
Then came RichRod....spread offense and all. I was psyched. I knew that his reputation would put us over the top in the Big Ten, and eventually, in the BCS. I was ECSTATIC that he would be our next coach.
As a Michigan homer, I gave him the benefit of the doubt....through everything. Boren, Mallet, Manningham, Arrington, the WVU Buyout - there was alot to be mad/suspicious about - but even then, although I had my doubts, I still gave him the benefit of the doubt because I couldn't begin to think that our program was headed in the wrong direction.
Even through the media assault, through the 3-9 season, I gave him the benefit of the doubt - he's proven himself everywhere, all he needs are his pieces to the puzzle.
It's easy to think that RichRod is ruining our program - Everything you hear about "erosion of family values", from guys like Boren and Wermers, especially after a 3-9 season, makes you wonder....is he driving Michigan Football into ground???
WE ARE HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION - I currently know several sources close to the program (part of the program.) This is what they said:
Rich Rodriguez runs a VERY HARD program - He does not take 80%, 90%, 95%, even 100% - If you are not giving 120%, then you are not welcome in Ann Arbor, no matter how talented you are. His training (Barwis) is extremely physically and mentally difficult. It will break you down.
He is committed to keeping the football program a family - but a winning family at that. He looks at Football as a business, but as a business of winning. He is committed to winning. Bottom Line. He will take nothing less and will not compromise on his program.
Wermers was lazy. He did not want to work. My "sources" have told me that Wermers did not engage in watching film or bettering himself for the team - He was lazy as hell.
So please don't put any creedance into the "erosion of family values" thing. We WILL be USC in three years.
I heard this from the horse's mouth. I will not lie. We will be back