I was hoping Three and Out would shed some light on this, but apparently not. I never understood how Herbstreit got his info that Michigan and Les Miles came to an agreement, and how/why neither he nor ESPN was ever held accountable in any way for reporting false info and pretty much sabatoging a coaching search in the process.
Although I was all about PB&J time when we hired RR, reluctantly accepted that he had to go for a number of reasons, and am quite content with our current staff, I'm still dying to know wtf happened. At that point I was extremely excited about the prospect of Miles as our new coach, and I remember mgoblog was going nuts celebrating our early Christmas present that Saturday morning. I don't want to give away too much from the book for those who haven't read it, but it was pretty clear that Miles could have been our coach if the process wasn't botched by Herbstreit/ESPN and Martin. At this point this is neither here nor there, but I really do think Miles would have gladly adapted his ethical standards at Michigan compared to what he can and does get away with at LSU, and I think he would have turned us into a powerhouse (sooner than our current trajectory, though not necessarily better in the long run).
I'm not really bitter at this point, and despite the last 3 years of pain, I feel awesome about our program and its future. Even though Herbstreit is a Buckeye, I find him to be relatvily objective and skilled at his job, with this one glaring exception. Does anyone have any clue what happened and why there was never even an apology or acknowledgment of such a major confabulation and screw up? My apologies if I'm missing info of which others have been aware.