The fans are starting to demonstrate clearly why Michigan gets the disdain of many, including myself. Michigan fan today is naming coach after coach, many of whom are firmly entrenched in their current cushy and successful program, who they think would simply drop everything and come crawling to Michigan because it is the best job in the land.
I find it especially comical when the talk turns to the two coaches at the BCS outsiders, Boise St and TCU. Hello, Michigan fan, recall what you said about RichRod? Things like the Big East ain’t the Big Ten? Well, news flash. Those two schools aren’t even in the Big East, at least not yet.
Granted Michigan has a huge stadium and cool uniforms. But right now their program is a complete and utter disaster. I make no bones about the completeness and utterness of this disaster. Notwithstanding my disdain for the program, I think this thing is at least a couple of years away from recovery given the right coach.
Think TCU’s coach would drop everything? Look at TCU. The school just got a boatload of money ($millions upon $millions) for football. It is about to enter the Big East where it will likely contend (and win) a BCS berth every year (and take home the $8+million payout). The school will throw so much money at Gary Patterson he cannot turn it down. I would expect a huge contract extension for him any day now. I consider him nearly untouchable at this point.
I could see Chris Peterson in Ann Arbor. But if I am a fair-minded Michigan fan, I don’t want him. He is RichRod from a lesser conference. That would be a profitable move for the coach, maybe not so much for the school. He looks like a genius now. He’s had success. He’s a missed FG away from BCS money (again). He’s not all that different than RichRod. He’s an innovative offensive coach with a solid defense against crappy opponents. In the season before RichRod got hired at UM, he lost a rivalry game against Pitt in which WVU was a clear favorite. That was writing on the wall for me, and I let Michigan fan know. Hiring Peterson, also having lost a (not-so-much) rivalry game to wrap up a BCS berth in a game in which his team was a clear favorite is eerily deja vu’.
RichRod was on the way to (maybe) 9 wins next year. Think you’ll get that from a new coach? Be careful what you wish for.
- Rich Rodriguez Replacement Plan: Michigan Fans Question Reasons For Dismissal (sbnation.com)
- New coach must understand the Michigan way (sportingnews.com)
- Michigan Fires Rodriguez as Coach (nytimes.com)
- Michigan Denies Firing of Rich Rodriguez; Will Meet with AD Wednesday: Live Blog (bleacherreport.com)