As a preface, as most of you know, I was a strong RR supporter, but since mid-season, I have joined the ranks of those who think that RR should probably not be back next year.
So I logged on to MGoBlog this morning to see if there was any actual insight (not the Bowl)to be gained from the Bust last night. And I see that certain members of the MSM and some posters are trashing RR's quote that he "wants to be a Michigan Man."
Are you freeking kidding me? This is what our fanbase is reduced to? Criticizing Coach for being honest and humble in his speech at a team Bust? To me, RR's statement that he wants to be a Michigan Man was one of the most sincere, emotionally-open statement I can recall a coach giving.
He is acknowledging that within our alumni and fan base, there is a concept of a Michigan Man. He is acknowledging that many do not accept him as a Michigan Man. And, most importantly, he is expressing his honest desire to gain acceptance to that designation. He is recognizing that just because he was hired to coach the team, that does not automatically make him a Michigan Man.
To me, that statement alone makes RR a Michigan Man. From what I have read of the bust, RR handled himself with dignity and class, and in a manner that makes me proud to have him as our coach.
While I still have reservations as to whether he can survive the shitstorm that he has faced, RR is a class act who is deserving of all of our respect and pride. He certainly does not deserve to have his statements twisted and mischaracterized as they have been.