If an intelligent history of the last twenty years of football is ever written (I realize that this is probably like saying, "If only a hundred honest people were in Congress..."), Coach Rod's name would have to come up as someone who helped revolutionize the way the game is played. Teams from the NFL to Pop Warner line up in offenses that are heavily influenced by his ideas. The man invented the zone read! How many coaches can claim to have invented a play that is such a staple? That's the sort of thing that Paul Brown could lay claim to.
Certain versions of the spread are likely to go in and out of style, but I doubt that the basic offense ever will. Numeric advantage and spacing are unlikely to go the way of the dodo. Taking advantage of spacing in football the way that basketball teams have since the invention of that game is something so simple that it's hard to believe it used to be ignored.
I didn't lable this "CC" because I'm not trying to argue that Coach Rod should stay. I also have absolutely no inside information on the subject. I just hope that, should Denard break free for a 75 yard run or Roundtree catch a touchdown when he's absurdly wide open tomorrow, people will appreciate what we have at Michigan right now. Putting aside the issue of whether Coach Rod should stay, he's done some special things as a coach and an innovator. That deserves to be enjoyed.