Michigan will give him as long as it takes for the big money donars to stop sending money.
I realize it's just one season, but I don't see how you can say it's been anything other than a disaster so far. Look at the highlights.
- First losing season since the 60's
- Ending the nation's longest streak for bowl games at 33 or 34
- First loss to MSU since 2001 and first loss in Ann Arbor in 18 years
- First loss to PSU in 12 years
- First loss ever to a MAC team. In Ann Arbor to 3-9 Toledo. And beating UM wasn't even enough for the Rockets coach to keep his job.
- First 9 loss team in school history
And that's just on the field. There's also,
- Submitting his resignation to WVU via grad assistant
- Contacting Pryor on a WVU cell phone during a dead period
- The lawsuit against WVU.
- Almost getting Martin and the UM president (her name escapes me at the moment) deposed
I don't follow recruiting, I know on Spartantailgate there's a good list of players who have either transferred or decommitted. How about losing Beaver, the 4th best RB in the state of Texas, to Tulsa? That's not losing a player to OSU or Florida, that's losing the 4th best RB from one of the best football states in the country, to a Conference USA team. At least several of the players leaving haven't had good things to say about RR.
While I agree with you that the jury is obviously still out on his long term success in Whoretown, last year was a disaster. Hell, last year would be a disaster even by MSU standards.
Now, I know the argument, just wait until he gets his players here. You know who else used to say that? Spartan fans (myself included) about JLS. And DickRod is a better coach than JLS. As far as using someone else's players, Slappy came in with the spread, took at team of Saban/Bobby players and went to a bowl after Bobby had a losing record. Then Dantonio came in, took a bunch of JLS spread offense recruits and went to a bowl game after switching to more of a pro-style offense. It comes down to coaching. RichRod better hope that Forcier is the second coming of Pat White, and not the second coming of Sam McGuffie.
I knew I was going to get that disaster response, and you're 100% right, but that is not what I meant. What I meant was people think his whole coaching career at Michigan is a disaster. If you're talking about last season it's more then a disaster...it's a MONSTER disaster!!! It's just ironic if you go to the best college football coaches list 2 years ago RR was in the top 5 with Carrol, Meyer, Tressel, and Brown (or something similar to that). Now those same people say he's a joke. You don't lose that in less then 2 years.
I don't care about transfers or decommits one little bit. Yes, McGuffie was ranked all world, but I know people (you included) questioned if he was B10 caliber, and it was clear he wasn't because he didn't pound for yards, and ran straight up. Beaver or Newsome? Who cares they were replaced with Forcier/Robinson...all 4 were about the same caliber of player. That happens at every school. As for decommits I remember a couple of years ago MSU/U-M both got snake bitten by them. This is just not at Michigan. Not too long ago MSU lost Nichol (OKL), Landingham (Wisky), and Everson (Iowa)...their 3 highest rated players all from the state. Then Michigan lost Johnson (USC), Allen (FSU), and Washington (OSU)...also all instate. It's just a crap shoot because when a player leaves or decommits from U-M it is huge news. Why does no one talk about Foles leaving MSU, or some other player? It also drives me crazy because we all know Dantonio is a hard ass and thats why he is a good coach, but when RR is a hard ass its because "he doesn't care about anyone, or is an ass". That is busch league if you ask me.
Good post BRTD
Edited by mannysBETTER3434, 15 July 2009 - 10:13 PM.