Tag:Dave Brandon
Posted on: November 27, 2010 2:54 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2010 2:56 pm

The Rich Rodriguez Watch begins now

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.

Posted on: November 24, 2010 5:36 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2010 5:37 pm

No, Michigan is not about to fire Rich Rodriguez

Posted by Adam Jacobi

For some reason, word began circulating on Twitter that Michigan was close to firing Rich Rodriguez at the end of the regular season. Sounds juicy, and it's the type of story that plenty of people certainly want to be true. So here we go, now for the non-statement by Michigan, fueling even more suspicion that something's going down, and ... oh, I'm sorry, Michigan AD Dave Brandon has a different idea about how to handle this.

"Heard about a 'rumor' re: some 'big announcement' on Monday regarding M-Football," Brandon tweeted today. "Add it to the rumor rubbish pile! Happy Thanksgiving!"

That's a pretty forceful way to basically say "Shut up, Tom Dienhart ."

Now, perhaps this was all a ruse by the journalists perpetuating the rumor, hinting that they've heard something and bugging Brandon into issuing a statement one way or another. In that case, well played, everyone involved. But if not, and people actually believed Rodriguez was about to be fired, come on. If RichRod's job is in trouble, we're not going to hear about it from random chatter; it'll be from one of about four or five respected sources (including but not limited to CBS, ESPN, the AP, and mgoblog), because those are the people who are going to have access to the highers-up that make that call.

Moreover, it's probably plenty too early to give up on the Rodriguez Era just like that. Oh, Greg Robinson (and his furry puppet friend) deserve to be fired and that'll probably happen, but blowing the program up and starting from scratch again? That would be insane, and to the best of our knowledge, Dave Brandon is not insane.


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