Rich Rodriguez has gotten the boot at Michigan, after finishing the regular season at 7-5, and receiving a beat down in the 2011 Gator Bowl.
It’s sad to me that Michigan alum. who are football fans, really believe that they have the answer in how to get the program back on track. It’s sad to me that former players, who even played at the NFL level, think that it’s going to take a “Michigan man” to right the ship.
I’ll tell you something right now, Michigan fans. Notre Dame is better off that you are in the rebuilding process. I wouldn’t have said that until your fine state-funded institution canned Rich Rodriguez this morning. I’m not a fan of Rich Rod, but I do love college football, and had all of you just shut up and let him do his thing with some support, you would have been better off for it.
In his first season, which involved a complete and total overhauling and retooling of the Michigan system, Rodriguez only led the Wolverines to 3 wins. Students, staff and alum were already up in arms, because…they’re spoiled. They want to enjoy the 10 win traditions of yesteryear, but folks, that isn’t the way a rebuild works. Let’s not forget, you were already on the down and out under coach Lloyd Carr, yes?
In Rodriguez’s second season, he led the squad to 5 wins. In his third (this season), 7 wins. It seems to me that there is obvious progress here. Isn’t that what he was hired for…to rebuild the program? It seems to me that if trends continue that next season would see an 8, possibly 9 win season.
Michigan fans, you can put a victory over Ohio State out of your heads for another year, but the year after? Most definitely, the tables would have turned. That’s about how long it takes when you flip a program completely. Unfortunately, you’re going to start over again.