I went to an out of town basketball tournament that my son played in this past weekend. At the first game a stranger comes up to me and comments on my Michigan visor I was wearing and asked what I thought of coach RR.
I told him that I thought he was a good coach coming into a situation with not much to work with and I hope he has the opportunity to get it done, but I had talked to some alums and people associated with the school at the PSU v Michigan baseball games and got the feeling that RR may be in his last year unless he produces now since the pressure is really on.
He said that would be a shame because they guy is a great coach. He then told me that he's a WVU alum, but he thought RR made the right move since Michigan is a step up from there and that anyone who thinks it was a lateral is just fooling themselves. Told me that he knows RR personally, but not as close as some of his friends and that RR has had them to AA for some games.
We talked a bit more and he made some very clear points...
If RR had a Pat White in his first year at AA none of the firing conversation would be happening now. The WVU guy liked Tate a lot, but thinks he's too small/frail to play an entire season in that system. Said there is no way Tate is the size he's listed at and pointed out a kid playing in the basketball game to show how big he really is. Wasn't sure about DRob, but thinks if RR makes it to the Gardner era things will turn out just fine.
I thought I'd share this because even the rational WVU alums think RR can get it done with the right tools.