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 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."