First of all, this isn't an article on how firing Rich Rodriguez was a mistake. This is an article on how firing Rich Rodriguez on Jan. 5, 2011 might prove to be a mistake.
In today's press conference Dave Brandon announced a "national search" is about to be embarked on for the right coach at Michigan. Today. January 5th, 2011. Let me put this into perspective for you:
High school seniors begin signing their letters of intent Feb. 2, exactly four weeks from today. Most of these guys aren't going to wait until Feb. 1 to make a final decision about what school they are going to attend. This means that Dave Brandon has roughly a week and a half to have a new head coach installed so that the guy who comes in has some sort of recruiting class to work with.
Now, I know that recruits have until April to sign their LOI's but most recruits not named Terrelle Pryor sign theirs on the first day.
I'm not going to go into a list of potential candidates because there are about a million other articles out there covering that. What really bothers me is that Dave Brandon came on national TV today and said that he was just now starting the search for a head coach.
Whether or not you believe that is entirely up to you. I'm astounded at the notion that the AD would think that Jan. 5 is a good day to start conducting a search. A big part of me refuses to believe it because I know I wouldn't even consider firing the guy I have until I have someone at least verbally committed and ready to sign the documents when I put them in front of him, and Dave Brandon is a much smarter man that I.
What does this mean? Really, nothing. It means we now know what we already knew. It's like when you were a kid and took a test in school and knew you had done poorly on it. You didn't get it back for a couple of days but when you did, sure enough, it had that bad grade circled in red. Then you had to live with the next couple hours of dread (that seemed like an eternity) to find out what was going to happen to you when you got home.
That's the stage I'm at right now. Ever since the OSU loss I knew the test was going to be failed and I just had to wait for Dave Brandon to grade it. Now we have the test back and we have to sit and wait until we find out what's going to happen to us. It's the beauty of taking the demon you don't know versus the one you do.