OK...it's my first post. Be gentle...
I like RR and was a supporter of his return for a 4th year...right up until the bowl game blow out. I felt like, after that, it was in the best interest of the university AND RR to part company. I just couldn't see how, with the lack of support and the pressure that he would have had to labor under, things were going to get substantially better anytime soon. As much as he might say he wanted to return and "finish the job", I can't believe that he isn't relieved to be out from under all that.
I also think that he just made a major blunder taking a shot at Dave Brandon like that. Whatever one might think of the timing of all of this, I felt like DB was fair and reserved in his public comments about RR. Calling out your boss as inexperienced for firing you when pretty much everyone expected you'd be gone after that disaster of a bowl game doesn't make you look any better. I understand that he feels like he didn't get the time to do what was needed, and to some extent I agree with it. I just don't see how you do yourself any good by looking whiny about it...especially when (as some have pointed out) you haven't exactly owned up to your own failings (in spite of the other things that have gone wrong).
I like RR and I wish him luck. I'll be rooting for him wherever he pops up next. But it was best for us AND HIM to get on with our respective lives. He simply was not going to be a success at Michigan...not in the current environment.