We don't want to hear it from you. That is, we don't want to hear you wonder out loud what Michigan should do, or might do, with its football program.
We don't want to read you earnestly trying to figure it out, as though you were an honest broker of information, just trying to reach the right decision for the good of your alma mater.
We know; you've been campaigning, working, to get Rich Rodriguez fired, way before the 2010 or even the 2009 seasons began.
You didn't need to know the results of the games. Rich Rodriguez is a guy who you hate, for reasons that escape us all and that you haven't made clear.
Now, when you write something like this:
This isn’t a video game. There are real people involved. Are the players being treated well? Are they being coached properly, or are they mostly getting yelled at and called names? Is Rodriguez recruiting players with the academic profile to succeed at U-M? How does he handle internal discipline, study table, injured players and unhappy players? Do all the angry former players have good reason to be angry?
we know exactly what to think, we know what your prejudices are, and we know exactly how to 'Fisk' your propaganda.
We know that you have concealed the identities of the unnamed former players, for no good journalistic reason. We know to be suspicious of you and your "sources."
We know that when you dredge up things like the recruiting of players with an "academic profile to succeed at U-M" you are speaking in code, for a problem that you and your Freep colleagues tried to make much of, without merit or substance.
We know that when you make veiled references to coaching players "properly," yelling at players and "calling them names," you are speaking to a public that is so grossly ill-informed about Coach Rodriguez chiefly because you and your paper have committed some of the worst journalistic malpractice that the sporting scene in the state of Michigan has ever seen.
We know that you are infatuated with the notion of Jim Harbaugh coming back to Michigan; you have installed yourself on the Ground Floor of Harbaugh Inc. with your national love-letter to Jim and John in the October Sports Illustrated issue.
We know all of this, and it would be better and more honest if you just simply declared yourself and your paper to be sworn enemies of Coach Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan football program. Because the pretense that you are a journalist, and an honest broker of information, no longer has any meaning. You clearly don't care about the young men who are the student-athletes wearing the winged helmet.
If you did care about those kids, you and Mark Snyder would not have abused Je'Ron Stokes and Brandin Hawthorne in August of 2009. If you cared about the human interest stories that abound in the Michigan program, you'd have told Detroiters about what a fantastic young man Denard Robinson is; you'd have done the story of Brock Mealer; you'd tell people about the classy and astonishingly young kids like Jordan Kovacs, Ray Vinopal, Drew Dileo.
You're not going to do any of those things.
So just be honest. Tell Detroit how much you really hate Rich Rodriguez. And fill us in on the really curious story that nobody but you can tell -- why is it that you have taken on this vendetta? What is your interest in undermining Michigan's football coach and, quite substantially, the Michigan football team?