I know this may be bad form, but there is a post over on the premium message board called "The Fort" over at the rivals site that is well said, and I think it's worth an ethical bending of the rules so that people w/o a subscription to the rivals site are able to read this post from "A2Jim":
"[Title]My complaint about my fellow Mich fans (from an alum)...
[Body] I've been thinking about this for a while, and I gotta know--is there a WORSE fan base out there than Michigan football fans (of which I'm one of them)? Hear me out on this before flaming on me...
John U. Bacon has said that in the eyes of Michigan football fans, every victory is just a loss avoided. What he's saying is really 'we're NEVER happy', and I think he's right.
Win by 50 points, and many fans are unhappy you left the starters in too long or they wonder if you were running up the score (who cares?) or they opine that Michigan should win with more class.
Win by a CLOSE margin, especially if you were the favorite, and they second-guess all your coaching decisions (including personnel) and worry aloud that it is only a matter of time until you take down this once-mighty program. Winning isn't enough...you need to do it a certain way (and many fans have different views of what this "certain way" might be!). If you win, but not with flair, your criticized for your playcalling (too predictable). Win early, and they fret you did it with 'someone else's players' (see LC in 1997).
Now if you LOSE, even in a rebuilding year/cycle, and they want you GONE right now (lets not worry about giving a guy 3-4 years to actually get his own players in here...lets get him out 1.5 years into his tenure). Your recruiting is criticized (nevermind that most of your recruits are either redshirting or are freshmen playing for the very first time at the collegate level).
NOW, if you were a college coach, WHY...WHY...WHY would you take a job at this place? If RR gets run out of here, WHO would take the job? Certainly NOBODY with an established track record. Heck, we even got turned down LAST TIME by Schiano and Ferentz...think maybe our 'entitlement minded' fans had anything to do with that? I do.
Do you think at USC or Florida or Ohio State they really give a damn if you win by 50 points? Think they ever complain their coach scored too many points? Think they would give a new guy 3-4 years? Think we'd be the laughing stock of the nation if we let a guy go 1.5 years in, when he's won EVERYWHERE ELSE, just because he didn't win here FAST ENOUGH??
Show me anywhere else that a coach gets 1.5 years. ALSO, add to all this crap the local media that is looking to take down the program, instead of trying to support it. Plus tens of thousands of alums who ALL think they can coach better than you can!
In the end, MICHIGAN is a horrible coaching job for all these reasons, and we are lucky to have RR. I'm giving him 2 more years, and only THEN looking at where we are to see if a change needs to be made.
I suggest some of my fellow fans consider the same...not trying to offend and sorry if I did, but DAMN, lets be realistic and give a guy a reasonable amount of time to get his program up and running...without the FREEP, the idiot opposing coaches sniping at him, the fans clamouring for his head, alums leaking unflattering info to the media, etc."
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