Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Michigan Fires Coach Rich Rodriguez

FOX2 News in Detroit is the first to report that Michigan, with the help of rookie athletic director David Brandon, has fired Rich Rodriguez after three seasons with the Wolverines. The firing was almost inevitable, after Michigan suffered its worst bowl loss in school history to Mississippi State 52-14. Rich Rod's record at Michigan was 15-22, after starting the 2009 and 2010 seasons 4-0 and 5-0 respectively.

Even though rumors have been swirling around Stanford's Jim Harbaugh as the new head coach, reports are now saying a move to Ann Arbor for him is unlikely as he pursues a career in the NFL. That leaves the other rumor-mill candidate, Brady Hoke of San Diego State, to potentially fill the position.

The one idea I would really appreciate if Brandon avoided toying with is Les Miles. We've had enough uncertainty in the past three years; we do not need a grass-eating, clock-mismanaging, Mad Hatter right now. We need stability. 

Now that Rich Rod is gone, there is also some question as to whether superstar Denard Robinson will stay. When he was asked whether or not he would stay if Rodriguez was fired after the Gator Bowl, his response was "no comment", also stating that Rich Rod was "[his] coach who recruited [him]." If anyone had to take a guess, Robinson sounds like he wants to be loyal to the man who got him to come to Ann Arbor in the first place. Robinson also has to consider if his playing style could fit into the offensive scheme of whoever is hired as the new coach (deja vu: Ryan Mallett).

Never did I think there would be days where I wished Llyod Carr was back on the field. In my mind, this has always been Bo Schembechler's team, and I hope we hire someone who can live up to his standards and bring us back to our rightful place in the college football world. 

Forever Go Blue.

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