Speaking at an event in Flint, Mary Sue Coleman said that Michigan made the wrong choice in hiring Rich Rodriguez:
I've been to these kinds of events, where the guest of honor talks for about 20 minutes and then answers questions for another 20 minutes. I was not at this one in Flint; it sounds like all the others.
Coleman is not nearly as good at the task as is Brandon, who is a polished, disciplined speaker. And in this case, it appears that Coleman stumbled badly, which does not surprise me.
But hey, as long as President Coleman is willing to answer questions, I think it is really great, and I will have a few questions for her the next time I am at one of these events where she is speaking:
- So who do you think Michigan should have hired at the time? You may not use hindsight in this question. Jim Harbaugh was not a candidate; nor was Brady Hoke. The committee assembled by your Athletic Director at the time recommended Greg Schiano.
- Why did Michigan fail to secure the services of Jeff Casteel in early 2008?
- Explain the sudden rise in salaries for Assistant Coaches and Coordinators at Michigan after the departure of Rich Rodriguez.
- David Brandon has used some unusually pointed and colorful language to describe what was wrong in the August 2009 reporting by the Detroit Free Press. What do you have to say about the paper and its reporting?
- Have you read Three and Out? If not, why not? And before making a pronouncement on whether the Rodriguez hire had been a mistake, don't you think it would have been a good idea to read the book? Why would you have refused to speak with John U. Bacon?