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No, Michigan is not about to fire Rich Rodriguez

Posted on: November 24, 2010 5:36 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2010 5:37 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi

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.



Since: Nov 27, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:10 pm

No, Michigan is not about to fire Rich Rodriguez

Pistons, you're the one failing to see the bigger picture-- if Harbaugh takes the Michigan job, he's got to put his ambition to be an NFL coach on hold.  What part of "he wants to be a head coach in the NFL" did you not get?  And big picture, Bill Walsh, Dennis Green, and Tyrone Willingham--do you know the connection?  They all got hired as NFL head coaching jobs straight from Stanford.  Out recruiting USC and Oregon?  He's doing it right now, this year, with tougher restrictions.  Granted, Stanford is not his "destination" job, but it will do until he gets it.  It's more likely he's the head coach of the Niners next year than the Wolverines. 

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2010 11:46 pm

No, Michigan is not about to fire Rich Rodriguez

To everyone asking why Jim Harbaugh would leave Stanford for Michigan, let me make this as simple as I can:

1) People at Stanford are fairly indifferent when it comes to football.  Even this year, in a season where they have one loss and that is against the #1 team, they are not drawing a ton of fan interest.

2) In the long run, no matter how good Harbaugh is, he is not going to out-recruit USC and will probably have trouble out-recruiting Oregon as well.  At Michigan he will be able to recruit with anyone.

Point blank, it's that simple, case closed.  Not saying he will come to Michigan, but to think Stanford is so much more attractive a job is a complete failure to see the bigger picture. 

Since: Nov 27, 2010
Posted on: November 27, 2010 7:48 pm

It's not gonna be Harbaugh

Jim Harbaugh's not leaving Palo Alto for anything less than an NFL head coaching job.  Those of you who think he's dying to come Ann Arbor forget that he grew up in Palo Alto and considers that "home" too.  And last time I checked, Harbaugh's got a better program going at Stanford right now.  Why pull up stakes, uproot his family and leave a place where the sun always shines for Ann Arbor and the aggravation of dealing with all the work of setting up a program when he can wait to get an offer from an NFL team and do the same thing without having to worry about wooing 18 year olds and then make sure they go to class and not talk to agents?

If Michigan could get either of the Pattersons, or Mike Stoops or hell, I'd take Brady Hoke--they would be in much better shape coaching and program-wise than they are now.

Since: Nov 27, 2010
Posted on: November 27, 2010 7:19 pm

What's to blow up? We are starting from scratch..

It would be "insane" to get rid of a coach who is 0-6 against rivals, whose defense has gotten worse over three years (his players, his team, his injury replacements), who's afraid to kick a field goal because he has no kicker, who's Big Ten record is atrocious, who...wait what did you say?  Dave Brandon would be "insane" to blow *this* up?  Yeah, no, you're insane.  There's nothing to blow up.  There is no "program" because RichRod doesn't know how to run one.  Where's the defensive help coming?  Will the special teams be horrendous again?  Will we beat a rival once in the next two years?  My god, buddy, Michigan shouldn't have to rebuild, it should reload.  But that can't happen until we get someone in here who knows how to recruit for the Big Ten, not the Big East.  You Adam Jacobi, are insane.  RichRod won't be fired Monday, but he will be after the bowl game, and I don't care if they have to settle for Mitch Muschamp, it's gotta be an upgrade from Jethro "why can't we be positive?" Clampett.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2010 6:23 pm

No, Michigan is not about to fire Rich Rodriguez

"Note that he posted a corection, though, that includes the proper 30 games."

He was in too much of a hurry to post his kneejerk reaction to see that.

Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2010 3:03 pm

No, Michigan is not about to fire Rich Rodriguez

Never mind.  I see that you were questioning his original record that he posted.  Note that he posted a corection, though, that includes the proper 30 games.

Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2010 3:01 pm

No, Michigan is not about to fire Rich Rodriguez

They've only played 27 times since 80?  You better do that math again.  This year is 2010. 

Wrong.  Playing every year from 1980 to 2009 is 30 seasons.

Since: Dec 6, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2010 12:21 pm

No, Michigan is not about to fire Rich Rodriguez

But the stats don't tell it all.  Somewhat effective against better defenses until you look at the end results and the turnovers.

Maybe his average is around 20 per game, but what is it when playing the whole game, and what would it project to be in games he didn't complete?

The press and fans sure boast about those class rankings. 

I can't tell you how many left the team in the last three years and for what reasons, but you might want to look at the last 4 classes and see how many are still on the roster.

By the way, RichRod did add several players to that fall '08 class and all D1 schools have to deal with injuries and defections and starting underclassmen.

Seems kind of funny you only responded/graded the comments you dissagree with, what about the rest?  It's time you take off those rose colored glasses.  I don't claim to know much but from what we all see hear and read it is clear this whole program is a mere shadow of its former self.  The athletic department and administration doesn't have a clue (check out the BB team as well).  If you could only hear the conversations in restaurants, coffee shops, bars, offices and at games you would understand the gravity of the situation.  Nothing short of beating Ohio State and winning a bowl game could save him in the eyes of the Michigan faithful.  Oh and by the way, let's wait and see what happens with the West Virginia NCAA investigation, lest we mention any of his other shady and deceitful dealings.  How could he not be aware of rules violations at two schools.  One thing is for sure, every other coach in the Big Ten hopes that RichRod has a long tenure at the U.

Are you a Michigan graduate, or have you ever been to a Michigan game or are one of those Wallmart Wolverines?  Your perception of reality and the situation rates a 0%.

Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2010 12:15 pm

No, Michigan is not about to fire Rich Rodriguez

They've only played 27 times since 80?  You better do that math again.  This year is 2010. 

Since: Nov 26, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2010 8:30 am
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