The Future Of Michigan Football

Ryan AslesonContributor INovember 7, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 24:  Head Coach Rich Rodriguez of the Michigan Wolverines looks on while playing the Penn State Nittany Lions on October 24, 2009 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Penn State won the game 35-10.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Michigan football took a beating last year and many of the loyal fans stayed patient and understood that Rich Rodriguez was in a tough situation with no quarterback. 

Well, now ten games into his second season a Rich Rodriguez coached Michigan team looks lost and poorly coached for the third game in a row.  Rodriguez's excuses are running out and the majority of the fans in Ann Arbor are getting impatient.  If Michigan fans liked to play the waiting game and wait for their team to be great again, then Rich Rod is their man. But, the Michigan faithful never want to wait, they want to win now and when they don't there are never good enough excuses.  I have supported Rich Rod ever since he was hired until today.  I have never been so disgusted watching Michigan games in my entire life and the pain that the greatest fans in the world have been going through must stop now. 

 If Michigan can win their next two games I believe Rich Rod deserves at least one more year to show the world what he can do.  If Michigan loses their last two games and does not make a bowl game, I can't see any other way than to let Rodriguez go.  There are no excuses for taking the winningest program in CFB history with some of the most talent in the country, and then turning it into the laughing stock of a mediocre Big 10.  Michigan fans deserve better than anything less than a championship contender. 

 Rich Rods time is running out and unless the team can end the season in spectacular form, he should be gone.  Many do not support the hiring of a new coach right now, but I feel that there are several qualified coaches who can bring this exact roster to a top 15 ranking.  Michigan will always have talented players and they deserve a talented coach to lead those players to a bright future. 

Many fans are looking at successful and current head coaches to come in such as Chris Peterson of Boise State, Brian Kelly of Cincinnati, or Gary Patterson of TCU.  These coaches could very well be the future of Michigan football, but I feel that the best choice for head coach would be Kirby Smart, defensive Coordinator from Alabama.  Smart is a former Georgia Bulldog defensive back and has worked with Nick Saban for years, including in the NFL.  Every position Smart has coached has been nothing short of spectacular and I feel that he would turn Michigan and their defense into a winner right away.  Smart is only 33, but as Josh Mcdaniels is proving in Denver, age is overrated and studying under Nick Saban is a plus for becoming a head coach.  I feel Smart would turn next years Michigan roster into an immediate winner and he could turn the program into one of the most respected again.