Is it really a surprise that another anti-Rich Rodriguez story has found its way out into the media? Don't West Virginia fans have their own team to talk about?
A local writer from the West Virginia News & Sentinel predicts that "this is going to be Rich Rodriguez's last season as the head football coach at the University of Michigan. He's not going to win. He's going to end the season with another lopsided loss to Ohio State, this time in the Big House, where there is no sin like losing to the hated Buckeyes.
"Rodriguez's short tenure at Michigan has been a disaster. The players don't seem to like his style. The alumni hasn't warmed up to him. The administrators who hired him—and who could fire him—were unhappy they were going to have to be deposed in his legal dispute with West Virginia University."
So many bad arguments to refute! Let's try a quick line-by-line:
"He's not going to win." Virtually all critics have predicted that Michigan will rebound and finish 6-6 or stronger given the added experience at OL and the addition of actual QBs who are designed for the spread option attack. He will win.
It's a question in our mind of how much and how quickly. By the way, you WVU homers weren't complaining when he was winning—and winning big—at WVU.
"The players don't seem to like his style." Total crap. No evidence of that. If you're relying on transfers as proof, that is a natural occurrence when a new coach with a new system comes to town and you don't fit in. Ask Brandon Minor and Brandon Graham if they like where the program is at.
"The alumni hasn't warmed up to him." So I guess support from the likes of Rick Leach, Desmond Howard (who finally came around), etc. don't mean much. At best, the verdict is still out.
We aren't happy about last season, but we're waiting to see what Rodriguez can do with his players. We don't expect a Rose Bowl berth this year, but we expect to see improvement.
"The administrators were unhappy they were going to be deposed." Boy, is this a powerful one.
Yep, Bill Martin, the same guy who has been touring the country alongside Coach Rodriguez and praising him repeatedly at alumni events, has been secretly fuming about the fact that last year he could have been deposed. He has simply been unable to forgive Coach Rodriguez for the almighty and ever-looming (dun dun dun) threat of the subpoena!
What we've learned from writing this post is how clear it has become that WVU fans still just...can't...let...go, sniff sniff.
This article was originally featured at www.michiganfootballblog.com.