In two seasons as Michigan's head coach, Rich Rodriguez is 8-16, with all of three Big Ten wins. With Rodriguez as coach, Michigan has suffered an NCAA investigation into overpracticing, multiple players transfers, and endless questions about the spread's viability in the Big Ten.
But brother, you're talking to Rich Rodriguez's number one
Aborting the spread experiment after only its third year would give rise to a freakish half-athletic, half-lurching zombie fit more for a science fiction movie than for the Big Ten.
Coaching is all about relationships, so the transfers subsequent to Rodriguez's firing would be numerous and profound. Bye bye, Tate Forcier. So long, Devin Gardner.
With the new, athletic talent the embattled coach has assembled (against all odds) now gone, Michigan's foundation would return to rubble, and the damage to its APR would probably reach penalty-worty proportions.
And there's no way, no way the Wolverines can expect to get their first, second, third, fourth or fifth candidate for the job. Not with the cynical reaction to his performance or the cockeyed hit-job the Detroit Free Press put on him in the name of program solidarity.
As has been repeated ad infinitum, year three determines a lot. Get to a bowl game, and Rodriguez's job is probably safe.
But I'm not certain the idiotic "spokesmen" for Michigan's "lost ideals" aren't poisoned, arrogant or delusional enough to drive him out, even with a six or seven-win campaign.
If that's the case, we deserve whatever we get.
Verdict: FOR GOD'S SAKE, DO NOT FIRE (unless you're talking fire Drew Sharp)