It's past noon on Friday, so honestly, who's working at this point? On to a really important topic as we contemplate the coaching direction of Michigan football: What song should Rodriguez have picked to feature at the Football Bust? Maybe Bon Jovi, Livin' on a Prayer, a Big House favorite? Perhaps DB could have followed that with Won't Get Fooled Again? What song should be featured at next year's Bust (hosted by Coach X)? I welcome your views.
The hits just keep coming. It seems DB now has his own Blog.
Feel free to check out his post on The Politics of Bowling. I'm look forward to a post that discusses Coaching Decision Timelines and How it Effects Recruiting.
It's been over 12 months since this story about Harbaugh and BathroomGate, but I still find it hilarious. I imagine a massive HD screen to watch film and a high-tec X's and O's white board right next to the shitter.
From August 2009:
The Stanford athletic department is facing a multi-million revenue shortfall. Fundraising has cratered. Team budgets are being sliced. More than 20 jobs have been eliminated through layoffs and buyouts, and at least one sport (fencing) is in danger of being cut.
So by all means, build the football coach a private bathroom.
Harbaugh's response to austerity measures:
“It was something I’d asked for,’’ Harbaugh said. “It cuts down on drag.’’
$70,000? I don't care what anyone says, that is going to be one nice bathroom to spend lots of time.
The current uncertainty with the football program seems to have strengthened what I call "the MGoBubble". This is a bubble whereby those who disagree with the opinions of the vast majority of Michigan fans (roughly 75% of whom want RR fired...if you can believe a highly unscientific poll in the News) and sports media (booooo MSM! boooo!!!) angrily retreat to avoid hearing that which is not what they want to believe.
I know that I risk an epic negbomb, but I assume the risk in making the present post. There are a number of great things about RichRod. He is clearly doing everything he can to turn our program into a winner; he cares deeply about his players; his offense is innovative and explosive; he produced winning records at other programs; and, he is a Michigan Man. I know...that last one is a touchy point, but to me, if you put your heart and soul into coaching our Wolverines, then you've earned the title. Rich has.
There are also a number of things about RichRod's performance that indicate he might not be the guy for the job. In posting this, I merely hope to pierce the MGoBubble. To take the blinders off of those who would attack any messenger who dare note a problem with the team. There is no problem with defending the coach, but please, can those in the bubble cease with the:
-My 13 year old gets it buy you don't
-Only an idiot would consider firing RR...he deserves an extension, douchebag!
-You're not a fan; you're an asshole!
-You're not "All In".
-Haters gonna hate images
-Pictures of explosions
Then, there's the litany of excuses:
-"It's Carr's fault (one poster even blamed our current problems on the emotional damage that Carr did to the team in retiring)."
-"It's the media's fault" (and yes, we can still all agree the Freep was well out-of-bounds)
-"It's the fans fault."
-"It's Scott Schafer's fault"
-"It's Greg Robinson's fault"
-"It's Jamie Morris's fault"
-"Things are great now; I don't count the first year"
-"Things are great now; I don't count the first or second year"
Here's the bottom line...If you've raised an excuse (or perhaps, "explanation")...then you, somewhere, somehow understand that there is a problem that merits discussion. Defending the performance of RR (explosive offense, good guy, etc.) is just as valid as arguing that he hasn't done enough to prove he can lead the program to the NC level (which is what he was hired to do). If you're defending RR, however, maybe drop the angry attacks and take a peek outside of the bubble to understand that all of those people who disagree with you (there are a ton) might have some valid thoughts.
-It's fair to note that the young defense has no depth as 32% of defensive commits have left the program under RichRod (again, that doesn't mean he's a bag guy, or that there aren't reasons kids left, but it's a statistical reality).
-It's fair to note that we haven't beaten OSU or MSU under RR.
-It's fair to note that our potent offense has not been as potent against top half Big Ten competition. (or that RR hasn't beaten a Big Ten team with a winning conference record)
-It's fair to note that we weren't a garbage program before RR got here and that RR's improvement from 3-9 kinda ignores the lengthy history before that season.
This blog is great. The bubble is not. Go Blue!
Warning - this post contains no coaching discussion points and focuses entirely on football. For those of you expecting the usual "fire RR/no keep RR" post I sure that will undoubtedly come up next on the board.
I am very much looking forward to our bowl game as we will be as healthy for that contest as we have been since Connecticut. One of the many causalities of a young team is lack of depth and our ability to overcome injuries has been severely hampered by our lack of able bodies. Take a look at the injury report for the OSU game:
QUESTIONABLE (50% PLAY)
Hemingway, Junior Head
PROBABLE (75% PLAY)
Gallon, Jeremy Shoulder
Martin, Mike Ankle
Roh, Craig Head
Smith, Vince Head
Stonum, Darryl Ankle
Not on this list but certainly not at 100% was Shaw, Lewan and even Robinson. Tate was banged up too but playing through it when called upon. I'm sure there were lots of other unreported "walking wounded" that we never really heard about too. So our team was a shell of what it started out to be and I think the results show that.
The bowl game however gives all the guys 30 days to rest and get well. I am expecting a VERY different team to emerge as we get the players back at full strength and I think the results will show it.
I didn't include the players lost for the season because they will obviously not be back but based on the guys returning to health I am predicting a Michigan win. And I believe this regardless of who we get matched up with because we will have the players back to make that happen for the first time in a very, very long while.
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.
I couldn't think of anything better for a title. But, we lost out on Dee Hart today. Boo frickin' hoo! We have Justice Hayes, and a good shot at some others. But more importantly we have a good RB crew that is currently on the Michigan Football roster, and they are ALL IN. Dee Hart would have been a good addition but he had doubts about Michigan for whatever reason.
So lets move forward with our Michigan Men and support them the way we should.
Today, Dee Hart officially becomes a different sort of target for Michigan. One that we will take aim at in Sept of 2012. We want guys to HAIL........not guys that BAIL! Go Blue!
If RR is let go, my hope for him is that he is hired at Miami. He does so well with recruiting now, can you imagine what he would do "in state". Then people wouldn't be able to complain about his recruiting any longer. He might even get Dee to join. How ironic would that be?
This is a public University, so the easy answer is that the University of Michigan is the State of Michigan's. In reality, though, I think that the University belongs to those of us who have attended or are attending. The University is a body of people, past and present, a history and future as well as the buildings on campus. Having said that, I want to object to the people here who continually argue that David Brandon needs to ignore the old, out of touch alumni. I don't want this to degrade into a cc discussion, so I am going to remind everyone that there are pro-RR and anti-RR alumns. I think that it would be an arrogant travesty for the 20 thousand kids attending the University currently and the people on staff at the present time to disregard the opinions of the hundreds of thousands of people who were there before them. Why shouldn't the opinions of all alumni, former players, major boosters, etc. weigh heavily into any coaching decision?