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Wojo’s Column Says Everything You Need To Know About Rich Rod at Michigan

MBob Wojnowski is one of the best sports journalists in America.  If you have lived in Detroit you already know that he is measured, experienced and entertaining.  He’s a very thoughtful journalist who doesn’t take his column or his opinions lightly.  That is why you should see the end of the Rich Rod era at Michigan just by reading Wojo’s latest column.

It is one thing to read the national pundits who really don’t know anything about Michigan football and think Rodriguez will be fired, it is quite another thing to read it from one of the more rational Michigan writers.

In his column “Rich Rodriguez Needs To Go if Buckeyes Whip Wolverines Again,” Wojo calls it as evenly as any I’ve ever seen.  He is right, Michigan hasn’t done anything under Rich Rod and Jim Harbaugh’s availability will force Michigan’s hand after another loss to Ohio State Saturday.  

Rich-rodriguez-thumbsupFace it, Rodriguez doesn’t scare anybody in the Big Ten, MSU, OSU, Wisconsin and Notre Dame all have owned the Wolverines under Rich Rod and that has to change.

If Harbaugh arrives in Ann Arbor, new Athletic Director David Brandon will send a huge message that Michigan intends to win again and quickly.  As a “Michigan Man” Harbaugh brings the ability to unify the warring Michigan factions and restore Michigan football to glory on the field.  He’s a smart guy who will be in demand this winter; Michigan is his first love and they need to act now to insure they don’t blow this like they did the Les Miles hire three years ago.

My sources told me the same thing that Wojo discussed in his column and know who I talked to, I am confident that Wojo knows everything I know and more about the Michigan Head Coaching situation.

I hate like hell that Rodriguez left his alma mater to come from Michigan, I understand why he did it, but he belongs at West Virgina and he can’t go back.  Rich Rod is a good guy with an edgy personality, he didn’t come to Michigan to mess up the program and I believe given time he would make Michigan proud, but that isn’t how it works in big time college football.

Personally I don’t even think a Michigan win changes Brandon’s mind if Harbaugh leaves Stanford. Harbaugh belongs to Michigan and Michigan belongs to him, expect him to roam the sidelines at Michigan next fall unless he stays at Stanford and waits another year for Michigan to fire Rich Rod.  If he is leaving Stanford, it is for Michigan.

 


Rich Rod firing rumors are not “rubbish”

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There are a lot of rumblings that Saturday will be Rich Rod’s last game as the Head Coach at Michigan, but I doubt the outcome of the game with Ohio State will have any bearing on the decision to keep or fire Rodriguez.

Rich Rod’s future at Michigan will be based on two things.  One, is he a good fit at Michigan and two, how badly do Jim Harbaugh and Michigan want each other?  

Today, rivals.com national college football writer Tom Dienhart tweeted, “The more people I talk to, the more I think Rich Rodriguez will be coaching his last game at Michigan this Saturday.”  He is right, a well connected source close to Michigan Athletic Director David Brandon told me this week that they like Rich Rod at Michigan but he may not be a “fit.”  If that is the case, why would they wait another year to make a move, especially if Harbaugh is antsy to leave Stanford.  If Rich Rod isn’t a “fit” for the program now, it is hard to imagine he will be a “fit” in one year or five years!

Harbaugh can’t stay at Stanford any longer, nobody cares about football in Palo Alto and he will be overwhelmed with offers when his season with the Cardinal is over.  Stanford is a stepping stone job and everybody knows his departure is inevitable.

Make no mistake, Harbaugh wants and covets the Michigan job, he knows he can return the program to its previous standing and retire a legend like his mentor Bo Schembechler.

I don’t know what will happen for sure after the Ohio State game, but I think we are about to see fireworks.  Dave Brandon is a decisive guy and I am sure he wants to return Michigan to top 5 status and begin building a legacy immediately.

Some are concerned that changing pphilosophies will set the program back another two or three years as they transition back to a pro style offense to compete in the Big Ten, but Harbaugh is a smart coach, he would make great use of Denard Robinson, Tate Forcier and Devin Gardner.  You can bet he won’t run them off like Rich Rod did to Ryan Mallet.