I'm hesitant to wade into the volatile message-board minefield that is the should-he-stay-or-should-he-go? coaching debate, but one thing in today's debate over the merit or lack thereof of Michael Rosenberg's current column has me perplexed: the MGoBlog community has an elephant's memory in regards to everything the Freep has ever published critical of Michigan football, but how sharp are the collective synapses when the publication in question is this blog?
To wit, here's this blast-from-the-past from the MGoBlog archives, the succinctly titled missive "Destroy Harbaugh." Reread Brian's meticulously researched 2007 post (revised in 2008) and then explain with a straight face how the current Stanford coach is supposed to be the savior of the Michigan football tradition:
Weren't Harbaugh's 2007 comments and the flap that followed every bit as harmful—if not more so—to the program as anything in Rosenberg's clip file, impugning the integrity of not only the coaches and athletic department but the university's academic standing itself?
Moreover, if I recall correctly, Harbaugh's statements precipitated (if not directly inspired) 2008's ur-Jihad, the four-part Ann Arbor News investigative series on the Michigan athletic department, which, while not scoring any direct hits with the NCAA's Department of Selective Inquisition, at the very least seeded the clouds for the antagonistic climate that has contaminated the media coverage and riven the fanbase ever since. (To pursue the analogy to its ridiculous conclusion, if the Freep's Stretchgate kerfuffle was "9/11," then the AANews series was the 1993 WTC bombing.)
But maybe it's my own memory that's deficient: Besides his Bo-era Michigan undergrad pedigree, a DUI arrest (which hearkens back to the Gary Moeller years, I guess), some Cardinal upset victories over USC, and one 11-1 season, what exactly makes Harbaugh a leader and best?
"The face of the operation is Briatore (referred to exclusively in the film by his colleagues and angry, chanting detractors as "Flavio"), an anthropomorphic radish who spends most of his time at QPR plotting to fire all of the managers."