Mike Lantry, 1972
CC: WoJo's Latest Piece - nothing new, but nice read about RR
I'm with you. I don't really care to take (or hear) any more opinions on the CC, but I do like reading stuff about Michigan.
Mostly because I'm insanely bored at work.
Whether you like him as coach or not I have been very impressed with how RR has gone about his business during his time as our coach. I personally support the idea of bringing him back and hope that DB does indeed do so, but if not RR has earned my respect by handling the situation possitivly with the media and his team.
I have been very impressed with RR's handling of this whole awkward situation. He has carried himself with class and dignity. More importantly, he has managed to keep his team of approximately 100 18-22 year olds kids acting in a way that exemplifies the virtues of Michigan, all under an immense stress.
After the PSU game, I became firmly in the camp that RR - while still a good guy and dealing with circumstances some of which were beyond his control - should be fired at the end of the season. I still somewhat think that, but the way that RR has conducted himself during this time period has gone a long way towards swaying my opinion back in his favor.
While I still think that a change should be made, if RR were kept, I would be 100% ok with this result. With RR, we have a man with character and class similar to Lloyd Carr coaching at Michigan, and that makes me happy.
From your keyboard to Yost's ears. You captured totally how I feel about the situation except he lost me as a coach after the two blowouts at the end, capping 5 of them against the Big Ten power teams.
I'll defend how he has conducted himself as strong as I defend the players and their steady effort. The guy is exemplary in his conduct in the face of storm of crap from moment 1. He got a pass for the banquet thing because of that fact. How can we hold it against a guy that he still really wants to be here after all he has been through? We should probably celebrate it.
My opinion of the current regime started to sway after the PSU game, but all in all, RR is a class act. I will be a fan of his no matter if he stays or goes.
At the beginning of the season, when everyone was making predictions, nobody expected MIchigan to beat PSU. So why would them losing, as predicted, change anyone's mind about RR's ability as a coach?
I heard the chaos coming out of PSU in the preseason and made mention many times that they would be a W this year. As the season wore on, more and more on here also came to that opinion independently.
After that game...Having a bye week to prepare for a team that was about as one-dimensional as possible, the best we could do is PSU letting off the gas to not humiliate RR &Co. That's when my opinion was cemented with RR being a great Offensive Coordinator, but not a head coach, yet.
The question in my mind then and now is will he be given the opportunity to "become" a head coach in a major conference. I don't count the Big East as a major even though they are BCS. Their representative in the BCS isn't even ranked! I'd like to see him get one more year, but I also think the environment is too toxic now for that to happen.
If he does get another year, we'll just play this same game again next year unless he gets 10 wins.
... when the worst case is you get fired and receive between $2.5M and $4M, why not go about your business as you would any other day?
Sure which I had that kind of buyout in my employment contract.
Very nice article. Wojo is my favorite Detroit area columnist by far.
Forgive me if I've been living under a rock, but what happened to all the talk about Randy Shannon for DC? Is there still a chance of this happening?
... my precious...
Overall nice article. However, one thing I don't quite get is why pundits like Wojo take so much for granted that Harbaugh is an "ideal" candidate. Brandstatter kind of shot that one down in his comments the other day, specifically citing running a stop sign while DUI and the criticisms of Michigan's academic policies. I'm not suggesting yay or nay to Harbaugh but those are valid concerns.
Didn't a DUI cost Moeller his job or was there more to it?
If I recall correctly it was not a DUI. He had been drinking in a restaurant and there was an altercation - some kind of heckler.
It was tame compared to some of the things you hear about these days.
.. the Excalibur in Southfield. He should never have resigned. One game suspension, max. Worked for Izzo.
And Matt Millen should have kept him on after the interim tryout.
Moeller got jobbed big-time.
Posbangs for both of you