Rich Rod is out next year. Mercifully for everyone. There are factions at UM and in the Athletic Dept that do not like Rich, do not like that one of Lloyd's boys isn't the coach, do not like the hiring and subsequent legal ugliness.
But he will be dismissed for results. Not because people don't like him.
Please do not misdirect your outrage at me. Please do not fool yourself into believing that Michigan won't be able to do better, won't be able to get a quality coach after dumping someone after only 3 years. It's Michigan. It's a multi-million-dollar salary, the Big House and some of the best football facilities in the country, and 2 of the top 10 and 3 of the top 15 college football rivalries in the NCAA. Stop your delusions.
Face the harsh, cold reality.
Last year's team was an embarrassment. There were many reasons for this. This year's team is a shockingly bad disappointment. That is on Rich's shoulders. 100%.
Whether you like it or not, Michigan football pays for virtually every sport, every athletic facility on campus. Whether you like it or not, alumni who graduated 30 years ago and moved to Arizona get a warm fuzzy watching Michigan football whip its opponents week in week out year after year after year and send in donations -- in the hundreds of millions of dollars -- that help fund university programs.
That cannot stop. That must not stop. For it to continue, Michigan must win. Win consistently. Win big. Rich Rod has failed at this.
He must win consistently and big next year to have even a hope of staying. This year's team has a single Big Ten win. Thanks in large part to playing the worst team in the conference and the help of some officiating. Do you really believe next year's team will even be able to compete for 2nd place in the conference? Third place? Fourth? With another new defensive coordinator?
Or, to help you think with a clear head, would Notre Dame really be worse off had they dumped Weiss after three years? Come on.
Mary Sue knows what must be done. She knows that if done wrong, Michigan football could be out of contention for a decade, like Notre Dame. If done right, it can be Alabama under Saban. This will be the first big decision of the new athletic director who begins September 2010.
Let's all hope it's done right. And, Rich, too bad it didn't work out. I really thought it was going to be something special. All the best to you.