There is being honorable, and then there is being either unfair, stubborn or naive.
Two scenarios (as we all know):
1. RR is fired on January 3:
What is fair about making RR mis out on an opportunity to apply for the Pitt, Miami, Florida, Colorado, etc. jobs? Same question for his staff, most of whom probably's can't afford to be out of work for a year. If DB is just sticking to his timetable because he laid it out months ago, this is unfair to all of these people.
What about recruiting. With the conspiracy theory that DB's timetable is all related to maximizing his chance of getting JH, I can at least understand it. If DB is just sticking to his time table because that is what he said months ago, then he is naive. This is impacting recruiting. RR even admitted that the timeline presented obstacles. Getting the new coach in place ASAP would allow that new coach a few extra weeks to try to sure up our recruiting class and convince other kids that he previously recruited at his old school to come to Michigan.
2. RR is retained on January 3.
If this happens, then DB is just an ass. Sorry, I know that he is popular and that many will neg me for that opinion. He is not an ass for keeping RR - there are arguments for both sides of that decision. He is an ass for allowing a good and decent man (RR) to twist in the wind for a month, while he and his family deal with mounting uncertaintly and media scrutiny, when he could have made the decision a month earlier. He is equally an ass for putting RR's staff through the same unnecessary uncertainty.
Ditto for recruiting. If RR is kept, then failing to make the announcement earlier provided yet another obstacle for RR's recruiting efforts (as if there aren't enough) with no discernable benefit.
So, basically, I can understand DB's timetable if there is a real reason to wait so long to decide (and there is only 1 reasonable explanation that I have heard). If he is just sticking to his guns, then this is not honorable in my opinion - it is stupid.