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The Rich Rodriguez Watch begins now

Posted on: November 27, 2010 2:54 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2010 2:56 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Let the Rich Rodriguez is getting fired rumors begin.  Well, okay, continue.  No, that's not right either.  Let's just pour some more gasoline on the raging inferno that has been Rich Rodriguez getting fired rumors.

Yes, the Wolverines have improved in each season under Rodriguez since his first year in Ann Arbor after taking over for Lloyd Carr.  They've even reached bowl eligibility this season.

Still, improvement is nice, but not getting destroyed by Ohio State is better when you're the head coach at Michigan, and so far Rodriguez just hasn't proven himself capable of that. Through three seasons, Rodriguez is yet to pick up a victory against either of Michigan's two rivals, Ohio State or Michigan State

It's one thing to get beaten by Ohio State, it's another to do so while seeing Michigan State earn a share of the Big Ten title.

So I don't think it would surprise anyone if Rodriguez is let go after the season, if not before whatever bowl game the Wolverines end up in.  Dave Brandon may be the athletic director at Michigan right now, but he's not the one who hired Rodriguez.

Rich isn't his coach, and you have to think the man Brandon would have his eye on is out west in Palo Alto, California.  That's where former Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh has built one of the best programs in the country with Stanford, and has done so while having to recruit the smart kids, not just the talented ones.

What's odd in this situation is that the Michigan fans may want Rodriguez gone, and even Brandon may want Rodriguez gone, but I'm not sure they have that much say in the matter.  No, I think it'll all come down to what Jim Harbaugh wants to do.

I have no doubt that Michigan will reach out to Harbaugh somehow, though it won't be publicly.  If Harbaugh gives the indication that he'll leave Stanford and come home to Ann Arbor, then Rodriguez will be kicked out the door quicker than a Greg Robinson defense can give up a touchdown.

If Harbaugh says no, then I think Michigan sticks by Rodriguez for one more year.  And waits to see if Harbaugh changes his mind.


Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 10:28 am

The Rich Rodriguez Watch begins now

scUM screwed the pooch three years ago when they hired Rich Rod.  Glen Mason was available and he only put together winners at Kent State, Kansas and Minnesota.  Give him a top notch program and he will do even better than Minnesota.  As for Harbaugh he was available three years ago.  Harbaugh proved himself at University of San Diego leading that team to a winning record which was unheard of for the Torreros.  Harbaugh was in his first season at Stanford where they knocked off top ranked USC in Los Angeles and if that was not good enough reason to hire Harbaugh I am not sure what was.  Big mistake not hiring Harbaugh in "07. 

Now why would Harbaugh want to uproot his family from Palo Alto, California and move to Michigan?  Better start ponying up the money  because that is the only thing that might be attractive to Harbaugh and a long term contract.  Can you say 5 years $30 million?  Harbaugh is in a very comfortable situation and not only does scUM want him but the NFL is also lining up.

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 9:08 am

The Rich Rodriguez Watch begins now

;  If I was JH, I would definatley want to come back home.. Les Miles was coming back till that Numbnut Kirk Herbstreit exposed him during LSU's National championship run. LSU than cornered him to accept a extension contract offer, which he did because he did not want to leave his kids at such a important time. Tressel thinks Rich Rod is the man for Michigan.. really Troll? We think John Cooper is the man for OSU... I believe he will go to where his heart is.  I watched that Stanford game the team is 10-1 and only maybe 3/4 of the stadium was filled!!!! What the hell is that? We lose a ton of games and still manage to sell out 113,000.. Im sure Stanford is nice but clearly it is not a Football place. So, in coclusion I would like to say..... PLEASE PLEASE comeback home Jim Harbaugh we are falling apart over here.. and need your help!! to restore our once storied program...

Since: Jun 14, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2010 8:12 am

The Rich Rodriguez Watch begins now

completely agree astooge...I keep hearing that it should either be Harbaugh or RR and Im just not buying that anymore. He needs to go, if JH wants to come in, great, if not, there are plenty of coaches out there and despite the last three seasons...the resources available to a program like UM still make it attractive.

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 7:04 am

The Rich Rodriguez Watch begins now

Rodriguez must go.  It would be nice if Brandon had Harbaugh lined up before dumping RR, but it shouldn't make any difference.  The questions to be answered are whether Rodriguez' teams have played to Michigan standards (undoubtedly not), and whether there is any realistic likelihood of significant improvement (i.e.  beating MSU, Wisconsin, OSU, Nebraska or Penn State) in the near term (not much).  If he's not doing the job well enough, then he needs to go.  Mr. Brandon can worry about just who to hire at that point.  There are plenty of fine coaches at the MAC/FCS level;  after all, that's where Jim Tressel and Bo Schembechler, among others, came from.

Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 10:52 pm

The Rich Rodriguez Watch begins now

MJBX. I'm so tired of the constant hyperbole used to dismiss us Stanford fans; there are eight of us, not seven.

Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:48 pm

The Rich Rodriguez Watch begins now

Yeah, his Dad coached under Bo at U-M.  JH grew up messing around on Bo's practice fields, a huge U-M fan as a kid.  And as Hail said, attended Pioneer HS which is literally across the street from the stadium.  JH is as Maize and Blue as they come.

Since: Jun 14, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:40 pm

The Rich Rodriguez Watch begins now

He actually grew up in Michigan...and spent (i believe) 2 years at Pioneer HS (just down the road from the Big House) but finished off HS in Palo Alto because his dad went to coach there. Its really all just speculation what JH wants to do...he's never said he wanted to coach UM and he never said he wanted to go to the NFL (actually turned down the Bills job last year). But I do think he has above average ties to the university that would make it an attractive position. 

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:40 pm

The Rich Rodriguez Watch begins now

"If Harbaugh gives the indication that he'll leave Stanford and come home to Ann Arbor, then Rodriguez will be kicked out the door quicker than a Greg Robinson can give up a touchdown."

I don't care who you are or if you like this article.  This is a funny quote.

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:29 pm

The Rich Rodriguez Watch begins now

Tatergato:  Great post, I have been debating the logic of Harbaugh taking the Michigan job while his brother is doing so well with the Ravens.  Then again, Harbaugh came up through the college ranks while his brother came up through the NFL.  Harbaugh has more experience coaching college and may like it better, who knows.  Certainly the average coaching tenure is alot longer in college than the NFL, so if this is the one great job of his career there are still reasons for him to go to Michigan instead of the pros.  Not because UM is the "holy grail" of coaching but because thats where Harbaugh played.  Its one thing to end up a legend at some NFL money driven franchise, as opposed to being the one who brought Michigan back cementing oneself among the all-time greats you grew up idolizing as a player.

Since: Nov 27, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 8:57 pm

Harbaugh not going to Michigan, for sure

MJBX good to see you're so sure, and yet you think that it's the "seven" Stanford fans who would think otherwise.

Harbaugh's waiting for an NFL job, not the Michigan job--it's more likely that he's coaching the 49ers next year than Michigan--that's for sure.  What makes you assume that Michigan is the next logical step and that it's gonna happen?  You make it sound like the Michigan job is some kind of Holy Grail, but it's not-- and I say this as a Michigan fan.  Harbaugh grew up in Palo Alto, so don't assume that even if he doesn't get any NFL offers it will be easy to leave Stanford and the perfect weather and uproot his family for Ann Arbor.  Bill Walsh, Tyrone Willingham, and Dennis Green all got pro jobs coming from Stanford, so get over the Stanford-Michigan divide when it comes to which is the better opportunity.  I don't disagree that Rich Rod needs to be gone, but hope for a Gary Patterson type-guy who is a program-guy in it for the long haul--don't hope for Harbaugh, who is a long shot and doesn't see Michigan as his "destination" job.

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