Where do we stand?
But sticking with the initial question, what do we make of this season? On the one hand, Michigan has finished with a winning record and will advance to play in a bowl game. On the other, we have a team that had one of the worst defenses in all of division I-A and were blown out in the last two big games of the season. I have heard and read a lot of talk about how Rich Rodriguez should be fired, and I’m somewhat surprised by that sentiment.
I have never been a fan of Rich Rod, but I always felt like everyone was against him since he arrived. I always viewed him as a snake oil salesman, but he has busted his ass trying to win. This season saw a trip to the postseason, yet people are still calling for his head. Other than Penn State, was anyone surprised by this team’s record this year? I was disappointed by the final two games, but even the sainted Lloyd Carr would have lost those games with this group of guys.
I would like to see Rich Rod get one more year to provide his worth. He would have a full recruiting cycle under his belt and we can see how well the players respond with the coveted extra three weeks of practice before the bowl game.
Even if you want him fired, who do you get to replace him? There aren’t many attractive names out there at the moment. Jim Harbaugh’s name comes up all the time, but he isn’t interested in coming. And even if Harbaugh did come, would people put up with another 3-9 season as he installs a pro style offense? I doubt it. But if Rich can’t beat the Sparties next year, send him packing.