Ramblin About Rich Rod

Tim VContributor IMarch 12, 2010

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 05: Head coach Rich Rodriguez claps after a second quarter field goal against the Western Michigan Broncos vs. Michigan Wolverines on September 5, 2009 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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People face adversity everyday; no matter what your role is in this life. If you are a "cook" at McDonald's you might get yelled at for not making the burgers fast enough, or you put the wrong toppings on. If you are a CEO of a Fortune 500 company you might get criticism from your employees for having a bad health care plan or your pay rate is sub-par.

This same concept can be applied to any person in any field. Which brings us to Rich Rod. This man has faced adversity to the extent of which has not been seen by most of UM's previous coaches. He has been bashed by the media before he even arrived in Ann Arbor. He was belittled by the media for the way he cut ties with WV. He has been bashed by former and current students/players for the below acceptable record he has attached to the "Winningest College Football Program Ever". And the most common one, he has been frowned upon for not being " A Michigan Man". Yet through it all, he has stayed the course.

Does this affect him? I am 100 percent positive it does. Think about it, if you were in his shoes would you not be affected by these same things? If you were the head honcho for the most important program in a well respected school and everybody had the crosshairs on your head, waiting to pull the trigger.....Would you still be "All in for Michigan"?...Probably not. Most would say to hell with this, I don't need it. But he has not.

There are two things that the UM faithful care about when it comes to football and their school. The single most important is: What can you do for me... How many W's can you give us..This is a given, you are the coach and we want championships. It is the number one priority for all sports fans, regardless of their team and rightfully so.

Secondly, the UM fans have this conception that their coach HAS TO BE "A Michigan Man"...Yet the most beloved person that ever walked the sidelines at the Big House was from Ohio, the enemy's territory. Bo BECAME a Michigan Man. He was not one to begin with, he earned it..Nobody ever questioned his loyalty to Michigan. So why now are people so quick to question RR's? Does it stem from the W-L column? If so, that is pretty shallow and Michigan has stooped to a new low. 

I think this witch hunt is not how we should operate. We have a wonderful school, a coach that is willing and determined to make us a national force once again, and a fan base that substitutes the facts for someone's opinion on the matter (free-press). Some have said bring in Les Miles...HE is a Michigan Man... Oh really..Les Miles inherited Nick Saban's team and ran with it. He has proved nothing in regards to HIS ability as a coach. Questionable time clock management, quarterbacks not developing as well as they should. Is that what you want? You want somebody with a bunch of question marks attached to their resume????

What about Jim Harbaugh? Jim Harbaugh has had success at Stanford but little of it. He has not been there long enough to contest him a great coach. Simple as that.

RR has a winning track record and all signs point to that being the outcome here at Michigan. We will win!! We will beat those suckeyes (eventually)!!! And when the smoke clears.......We might have just chased RR off to another school because we did not give him the time of day while he was here..

I think everyone needs to back off...Give the guy some breathing room for Christ sake.. And let him get us there...Otherwise we will be faced with more question marks and concerns, like who is the new coach going to be and is HE a true Michigan Man.