The Michigan Wolverines, as most people know, are the winningest division I college football team of all-time.
Not only do they lead the world in wins with 872, but also in win percentage at .741. So don't make the argument that they have more wins because they have played longer than their closest competitors, which they have.
Every team in every sport, however, goes through a dry spell when it comes to winning. Even college football teams have times when they find it hard to win seven or eight games.
Michigan just had what was a historically bad year for the program. Does this signify the beginning of a new era for the Wolverines?
Could this be the dawning of the age of futility in Ann Arbor?
Many think that the hiring of Rich Rodriguez is doomed to fail. They don't think that his system can ever work at Michigan or in the Big Ten.
Others think he just needs time to recruit players that fit his system.
But the question is will he get that time, and if he does, will all of the bickering by the fans and the media about whether or not Rodriguez can be successful drive off recruits?
Time will be the only thing to provide us with a definitive answer, but the fact remains that at some point in time everyone will go through a lull in winning.
Part of this situation that the Wolverines now find themselves in has a lot to do with a media that is always sensationalizing stories for ratings, and the fans that believe the garbage that the media is always putting out there.
By this I mean the university forcing out Lloyd Carr. The fan support of Carr had run dry because of recent woes against Ohio State, and the media perennially putting him on the hot seat.
I don't understand why you would want to run out a coach that was one year removed from a chance to go to the national championship. A coach that has won a national championship. A coach that is one of the winningest coaches at the winningest university of all-time.
If they thought they could do better, they were wrong.
This is like people that think Penn State will be better without Joe Pa or Florida State will be better without Bobby Bowden, or Tennessee will be better without Phil Fulmer.
The fact is that whether it's the fault of Lloyd Carr or not, Michigan has, for whatever reason, lost some national appeal. The same way that for no apparent reason schools like Nebraska, Miami, and FSU have lost their appeal.
No one knows what the cause is for this to happen, but it does.
Oklahoma, Texas, USC, and Alabama were all out of the national spotlight not that long ago before having a resurgence by a great coach.
Is Rich Rodriguez that great coach that Michigan needs to pull them out of their down spin?
I don't believe he is.
In fact, with where Michigan is located, I think they may be in for a long drought because they don't live in a recruiting hot bed like USC, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, and the recruits that do live up there are all being taken by Ohio State.
This is why I think the door may be left open for Texas to take over as the all-time wins leader in division I college football.
This may be a stretch considering the gap between Michigan and Texas and Notre Dame.
Michigan is 43 wins ahead of Texas and Notre Dame, who are tied for second at 829 wins a piece (obviously I'm assuming Texas is also going to leave Notre Dame behind, and that will happen this year).
That means that Texas would have to win 4.3 games more a year than Michigan for the next 10 years to tie the Wolverines.
While this changing of the guard might not happen that quickly, I think it will eventually happen, as the southern part of the country continues to get better and become even more dominant than the north.
I will say to all Michigan faithful that I hope you are prepared for what is to come up there, because I think it will be a while before the Wolverines are ever back in the national picture.
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