Rich Rodriguez: Let The Flaming Begin

DJ WalkerCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2010

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 11: Head coach Rich Rodriguez of the Michigan Wolverines yells at an assistant coach during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 11, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Michigan defeated Notre Dame 28-24. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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At least we own Indiana, right? That's about all Rich Rodriguez supporters can say right now.

Ever since the Michigan State loss, Michigan fans have been trying to fend off the 2010 = 2009 comments but, following a loss to a seemingly hapless Penn State, that job is about to be harder.

No longer is the Illinois game next weekend a given in any category. Even Purdue, as awful as they may be, might be able to put up points against Michigan.

Michigan made a walk-on QB look like a Heisman contender and Evan Royster returned to form and had a great showing as well. 

So who is to blame? A lot of people point their finger at Greg Robinson who hasn't been able to shut down a single offense not named Bowling Green since he's arrived on campus.

Some people point their finger at Rich Rodriguez, who hasn't been able to win a Big Ten game against a team not named Indiana with the exception of a blind luck game against Wisconsin in 2008. Oh yeah, and Minnesota in 2008 as well. WOOHOO!!

The rumor mill has it that Rich Rodriguez is already fired and it just isn't public yet. Don't ask me to clarify that because I can't. I've just heard it from someone who has heard it from an alumnus.

That being said, there is nothing from a reputable source on the inter-webs at this point and Rodriguez has been "fired" several times before.

I'm not saying he should be fired but I would be lying if I said I wasn't entertaining visions of Jim Harbaugh on the Michigan sideline (Stanford: 41 - Washington: 0).

At this point, it's hard to say if a coaching change would cause more harm than good. What if Michigan can field a defense next year? Would Harbaugh still play Denard? I can't answer those questions.

What I do know is that, for the last three years, Michigan has lost just about every game that matters. Take from that what you will.