Chicago Breaking Sports noted today that Rich Rod’s current embodiment of God, Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon, who decides whether RichRod will keep his job or not, has not hinted at any decision as of yet:
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon says he’s not letting speculation about Rich Rodriguez’s future change his timetable to evaluate the football coach.
Brandon reiterated Monday morning that he doesn’t do performance reviews of coaches until their seasons are over.
That might make for another uncomfortable month for Rodriguez.He helped the Wolverines qualify for a bowl — possibly the Insight Bowl on Dec. 28 — for the first time in his three seasons in charge of college football’s winningest program.
The situation swirling around Rodriguez’s status might turn into a circus at the team’s banquet Thursday night because Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh plans to be there to be honored along with his 1985 teammates.
Being rather ignorant about football in general and college football in particular I’ve been paying close attention to the comments people posted on our Rich Rod issue. One idea sticks out: is Rich Rod really Michigan? As in does he understand Michigan? Does he know Michigan? Does he understand the school and the football team in a way that brings it to its full potential? This seems like a rather silly question to me. Does any coach understand Michigan? Would we be asking this question if Michigan had been undefeated this year? I doubt it.
But back to the central question: Should Brandon keep Rich Rod or hand him a pinkslip? I don’t know and am not really qualified to answer even if I thought I did know, but I think it’s worth noting that a mentor of mine and big West Virginia fan (and alumn) recently told me that it would be ludicrous to dump Rich Rod. He’s put the team back on track to greatness. I think that’s the real question we should be asking: Does Rich Rod have the team moving in the right direction?
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