Obviously, we're seeing a number of arguments to either keep or fire RichRod at the end of the season. On both sides, there are some valid points. Without addressing the overall argument of whether he should be kept or fired, I do want to put an end to one point suggested by the keep-RR crowd that pops up from time to time. It is some version of the following:
We have to keep RichRod because if we switch to a pro-style offense, all our players will flee and we'll have to completely rebuild with years of doom to muddle through.
1. Who said that the next coach has been determined? We might run a "pro style", we might run a "spread" or we might run a combination of styles. There are not just two offenses in college football.
2. Even if we were to switch to a "pro style" coach like Harbaugh, there need not be a major drop-off for a number of reasons. First, Harbaugh has recruited a number of our current commits (roughly half the class). Second, Harbaugh even recruited Tate (thus eliminating the "but the QB" refrain). Third, Harbaugh has recruited a top-10 class. You think he wouldn't be able to recruit at Michigan at least as well as a non-legendary school like Stanford?
3. Even assuming a drop-off on offense, does anyone really think Dave Brandon is going to bring in a coach whose defense is as bad as RichRod's?
To finish, let me drop this quote from our current recruiting class's star recruit, Dee Hart, discussing the possibility of RichRod losing his job:
"I liked Michigan either way and if he were to leave it wouldn't affect me because I think I can play in any offensive system," Hart said. "So it really wasn't my concern."