Techinically, Lloyd did walk away. I doubt Michigan would have fired him, despite the frustration of that season. He was man enough to understand that the program was ready to move ahead and he stepped aside. This is not in defense of the Albom article, it is what it is, but to say that Lloyd had no other choice is crazy talk. If he wanted to coach another year I would be very surprised if the University didn't grant him that luxury.
The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.