RR is no Bo.
RR is no Bo.
a comparison to Gerry Faust? Terrifically successful where he was before arriving at Notre Dame, incredibly enthusiastic about having arrived at Notre Dame, and perhaps the most gentlemanly major college football coach ever to live. Take a look at Under the Tarnished Dome. Once, after someone, I don't recall who, unmercifully ran up the score on an outmanned Notre Dame team, he headed across the field to shake hands with that other coach. When asked why he would do that, his reply was something like, "that's the time you most need to do it." Gerry is quoted as having said, "I had only 26 miserable days at Notre Dame; that's when we lost. Other than that, I was the happiest guy in the world. I loved walking on the campus, loved being there, loved being a part of Notre Dame." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_Faust . He was replaced by Lou Holtz, a very different sort.
My point is that however wonderful Coach Rodriguez is as far as wanting to be a "Michigan Man" or visiting the sick and comforting the afflicted, it is separate from his technical ability to help football players succeed during games. And I have yet to see any negative comment, even from the likes of Sharp and Valenti, about his support of the Mealer family or visting hospitalized children.
As far as Bo insisting on being supportive of the program when troubles happened, his actions showed he wasn't stubbornly insistent on a single style of play or staying the same no matter what. The man won with QBs as disparate as Tom Slade, Denny Franklin, John Wangler, and Michael Taylor. When he arrived at Michigan he said there would be changes made, true. Many of those were to facilities like nails instead of lockers for the coaches. And in his first three years, his overall record was 28-5, 20-2 in the conference, and a defense which gave up 321 points in three years.
So, does RR remind me of Bo, or what? What.
I felt so compelled to respond to this thread that I registered an account.
Fair comparisons to Bo or Carr are impossible to make. Both those coaches coached in different eras. Bo coached at a time when most other teams were horrible and there was nothing close to the parity among teams that we have now. Now, every team can compete for a BCS berth.
Carr was a competent coach but, in my opinion, was losing a step to his competitors (Tressell, Saban, Meyer, etc.). He, too, coached mainly in an era where only the big-time teams were a threat.
Michigan was spoiled by years of dominance during times when most other teams were not good. Those days are over. Now teams go from losing numerous games one season to winning a BCS game the next.
If we are talking about character, and not performance, I agree with the original poster. I think, given time, RR would cement his status as a Michigan Man, just like Bo.
I read a book where Bo was talking about going to a conference to listen to some coach teaching his new fangled offense. Someone asked this coach why his team allowed so many points against them the previous year and he replied by saying basically "We didnt tackle well" Bo's head nearly blows off at this point as he says to his assistant attending the meeting with him "God Damnit!! how can you do all this fancy stuff and then not TACKLE!!"
This is my observation of RRod, he's got all kinds of fancy stuff in his holster but forgets that football is all about execution of the simple things.
Remember you go to war with the army you have, not the army you wish you had. Rich sewed the seeds of his own demise by scrapping the army he had before he had built the army he dreamed of. This is an important lesson for him going forward and I'm sure being a smart guy he has learned it well. Problem is it might be too late for him to survive here to see his grand vision through.
Not even "mini-Bo" Les Miles is like Bo.
Bo was more about perfect execution than employing unique X's and O's to outsmart the other coach. "This is what we're going to do, try and stop it."
But both coaches are high character, eat, sleep, breathe football guys that I would proudly let my boys play for.
Sometimes on the sidelines, though, Rodriguez does seem possessed by the spirit of Bo. Not great for his health, but it fires me up seeing it.