JC3

November 23rd, 2009 at 6:57 PM ^

"People take shots at him for whatever reason," Ross said. "Some people like to beat people when they're down. I think he's a great man and he's been a winner wherever he's been.

"It's just that a lot of people don't like change. I think it will all work out," Ross said.

Too true.

MGoPHILLY

November 23rd, 2009 at 7:17 PM ^

He's a bigger donor than anyone who doesn't like Coach Rod. Plus, he's absolutely right and for many of the same reasons that have been discussed on this board. The man's a proven winner and we need to stick with him if we want to start competing for national championships again.

fatbastard

November 23rd, 2009 at 9:45 PM ^

And when you're done, you can give it to Drew Sharp and the the other pitiful rumor-mongering speculating rockheaded, Les Milesque game clock managing, newspaper whoring lunatics in the Detroit media not named Angelique or Lynn or WoJo.

4godkingandwol…

November 23rd, 2009 at 8:33 PM ^

... isn't a big donor, he's one of the biggest, if not the biggest.

Working on baseless assumptions here, but most of our BIG donors are going to be successful business folks and business people understand the importance of stability and difficulty of change.

Edit: Just read the blog, and I gotta say I'm irritated. They buried the positive quote at the bottom of the article and put the threatening one at the top, although I am confident this is not how Ross meant it. Why are all journalists acting like gossip columnists these days? Geez...

3rdGenerationBlue

November 23rd, 2009 at 9:52 PM ^

Stephen Ross donated $100 million to the Business School which is the largest donation ever given to the University and may be the largest gift to any business school in the country. As I understand his gift was spread over time so it is possible Bill Davidson's donation of $20 million (also to the B school) is the largest immediate donation. As most know Bill Davidson passed away earlier this year. Ross has also donated over $5 million to the athletic department. Michigan's administration has been fortunate that most large donors have not been interested in meddling in the athletic department which further underscores the "Michigan Difference" and supports the assumption that Michigan administrators from Bill Martin to Mary Sue Coleman to the Board of Regents make their decisions without influence from donors.

bluebyyou

November 23rd, 2009 at 8:21 PM ^

I believe among those of us with the merest semblance of football smarts, there is a common belief that RichRod gets another year with no questions asked. To do otherwise would be foolhardy. Here is Ross's quote from the ESPN article which suggests that there will be a lot more pressure put on RR on next year if there isn't tangible progress.

"If he has a bad year next year, he'll have a lot more pressure," Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross told The Associated Press, standing near midfield before the Wolverines lost to Ohio State on Saturday to finish 5-7. "I don't think he has anything to worry about right now in my mind."

JamesBondHerpesMeds

November 23rd, 2009 at 8:24 PM ^

I, and the hordes of intelligent beat writers covering U-M athletics, will not be satisfied until Fielding H. Yost himself confirms his support of Rich Rodriguez.

The fact that Yost passed away before Rich was even born -- irrelevant! I am an investigatory journalist!

Brandon_L

November 23rd, 2009 at 8:26 PM ^

I love Michigan football. and too see someone like mr. ross standing up and expressing how he feels about the situation wont just make rich rod more comfortable it will make the people like myself who believe that another change will only set us back even more. with that said i believe rich rod will turn it around. the witch hunt may never end but if he endures and gets through it he will become legendary.

Brandon_L

November 23rd, 2009 at 8:26 PM ^

I love Michigan football. and too see someone like mr. ross standing up and expressing how he feels about the situation wont just make rich rod more comfortable it will make the people like myself who believe that another change will only set us back even more. with that said i believe rich rod will turn it around. the witch hunt may never end but if he endures and gets through it he will become legendary.

Brandon_L

November 23rd, 2009 at 8:26 PM ^

I love Michigan football. and too see someone like mr. ross standing up and expressing how he feels about the situation wont just make rich rod more comfortable it will make the people like myself who believe that another change will only set us back even more. with that said i believe rich rod will turn it around. the witch hunt may never end but if he endures and gets through it he will become legendary.

Brandon_L

November 23rd, 2009 at 8:29 PM ^

I love Michigan football. and too see someone like mr. ross standing up and expressing how he feels about the situation wont just make rich rod more comfortable it will make the people like myself who believe that another change will only set us back even more. with that said i believe rich rod will turn it around. the witch hunt may never end but if he endures and gets through it he will become legendary.

Tater

November 23rd, 2009 at 8:44 PM ^

RR didn't suddenly lose thirty points of IQ when he got here, but Terry Foster apparently did. Foster is usually pretty level-headed. That "piece," though, is one of the worst things I've seen out of him.

Dark Blue

November 23rd, 2009 at 8:52 PM ^

Will the world just let this subject go. We know Rich Rod is going to be the head coach next year barring something unexpected. 2010 it will be full steam ahead for the spread and shred.

Don

November 24th, 2009 at 12:47 AM ^

"One person can end the speculation about Rodriguez's future and she has declined to do it."

I suppose it's hard to read and hear clear statements of support made barely a week ago when your fucking head is lodged up your fucking ass. But then lil' Adam would be missing out on a sweet opportunity to make shit up.

k06em01

November 24th, 2009 at 3:15 PM ^

great to see a positive article like this. its not the negative articles themselves that bother me...but the national perception that they create, that uofm fball fans aren't behind rich rod when support seems so strong in reality.