For some reason, word began circulating on Twitter that Michigan was close to firing Rich Rodriguez at the end of the regular season. Sounds juicy, and it's the type of story that plenty of people certainly want to be true. So here we go, now for the non-statement by Michigan, fueling even more suspicion that something's going down, and ... oh, I'm sorry, Michigan AD Dave Brandon has a different idea about how to handle this.
"Heard about a 'rumor' re: some 'big announcement' on Monday regarding M-Football," Brandon tweeted today. "Add it to the rumor rubbish pile! Happy Thanksgiving!"
That's a pretty forceful way to basically say "Shut up, Tom Dienhart ."
Now, perhaps this was all a ruse by the journalists perpetuating the rumor, hinting that they've heard something and bugging Brandon into issuing a statement one way or another. In that case, well played, everyone involved. But if not, and people actually believed Rodriguez was about to be fired, come on. If RichRod's job is in trouble, we're not going to hear about it from random chatter; it'll be from one of about four or five respected sources (including but not limited to CBS, ESPN, the AP, and mgoblog), because those are the people who are going to have access to the highers-up that make that call.
Moreover, it's probably plenty too early to give up on the Rodriguez Era just like that. Oh, Greg Robinson (and his furry puppet friend) deserve to be fired and that'll probably happen, but blowing the program up and starting from scratch again? That would be insane, and to the best of our knowledge, Dave Brandon is not insane.