With the close of the RichRod era within Michigan Football, it's interesting to note quite a few tidbits of his tenure, as well as the Machiavellian machinations that seemed to occur a little too frequently:
The entire LC faction within the athletic department seemed to have taken quite an offense to RR being named HC, to the point where it seemed the entire department should have been purged of LC hold-outs, and not just the football org. The CARA leaks, lack of support from LC for 3 years (while within an hour of the announcement, LC calls the Hoke hiring "tremendous"), it's amazing Rich didn't lash out, or cry to any media source whatsoever. Of course, that arbiter of actual capability and quality, the NFL, seemed to have a different view of Michigan assistant coaches and talent over the past 6 years.
I was struck by the near political machine operation (choose blue or red, I don't care) where the "Hoke element" played up his viability, and whispered it to the local ink-stained wretches, for them to place with an authoritative stamp of approval into their dying rags. Surely they all didn't come to the same conclusion about his superiority independently, did they?
The farce of the NATIONAL COACHING SEARCH (n=1). BS to the max, as posted ad infinitum.
Did the players really all jump for joy at the Hoke announcement? Didn't realize college football players kept such close tabs on coaches in the MWC. Hearing rabblerabble about "getting back to Michigan defense," what Michigan team do these kids know? They should only know 2006...and that most of the aughts were pretty meh defensively, by scheme or by talent, it doesn't matter.
How about all those assistant coaches of Rich's? I don't know how much dialing around he had to do to find them a home. And most, if not all, are already hired. How's that for a coaching tree?
Finailly, Rich will get a job next year, and you know what? No AD will question how things went so poorly at U-M. They'll be able to see it for themselves, in print, in text, in tweets, and all the innuendo and intrigue that prevented an agent of change from doing what he was hired to do. (Imagine any other professional organization that fought back so hard against the change that needed to be made, and won. The other posts about the electric car bring GM to mind, but even drones at GM know to play along to what the big boss says, or find work elsewhere.)
(As an aside, as my brother and I were going back and forth on the firing, I told him, as I tell you now...RR will win an NC before U-M does. That's paraphrased, I said "...before Harbaugh does." Mark these words.)