I disagree we'd be notre dame. after lou they had davie, willingham, weis and now kelly - four coaches and over a decade of irrelevance.
if rr doesnt make it, we'd have, well just rr.
i think the more apt comparison could be Nebraska - an outsider comes in, the system doesnt work, we bring in a more tried and true coach to our historical philosophy. Nebraska may not be world beaters right now, but they are definitely on the upward tract.
people are so quick to point out that if rr doesnt succeed then michigan football as we know it is doomed. i wouldnt be so quick to make that assertion. hell, i know florida fans who were worried about the ron zook debacle and look how that turned out for them.