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Rich Rodriguez Hubris Watch: Purdue 38, Michigan 36


I'm seriously wondering if Rich Rodriguez is going to be back at Michigan next year. A few weeks ago I would've said the chances were above 75% at minimum that he'd be coaching the Wolverines for a third season. Now I'm not so sure.
Purdue beat the Wolverines today 38-36. It was the first time since 1966 that the Boilermakers beat Michigan in the Big House. That's forty-three years ago. Barack Obama was five years old. The Monkees had the number one song with "Last Train to Clarksville." Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were hitting their stride on Fantastic Four. Detroit still mattered. That long ago.
Things should be looking up for Michigan. Tate Forcier looks like he has what it takes to be a great quarterback, in college and the pros. The team's record has improved from last year's 3-9 disaster. But today was a setback. Even though the game was close, all the wind's been kicked out of Michigan's sails. The chances of a bowl game are slowly fading away. And possible NCAA sanctions over "practice-gate" aren't out of the question.
As so might be Rich-Rod's chances of a third season as Michigan coach. Rodriguez wasn't Michigan's first choice as head coach. That was Les Miles. He bowed out in the midst of an BCS championship run in 2007. For some reason I picture Les Miles ruminating over Saturday's loss to Alabama while updating his resume, making sure there are no embarrassing George O'Leary-esque embellishments.
In theory Rodriguez should get another shot at a winning season. But a good chance of losses against Wisconsin and Ohio State might be enough for some Michigan supporters. It might just be the right time to stop the bleeding.


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I'm seriously wondering if Rich Rodriguez is going to be back at Michigan next year. A few weeks ago I would've said the chances were above 75% at minimum that he'd be coaching the Wolverines for a third season. Now I'm not so sure.
Purdue beat the Wolverines today 38-36. It was the first time since 1966 that the Boilermakers beat Michigan in the Big House. That's forty-three years ago. Barack Obama was five years old. The Monkees had the number one song with "Last Train to Clarksville." Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were hitting their stride on Fantastic Four. Detroit still mattered. That long ago.
Things should be looking up for Michigan. Tate Forcier looks like he has what it takes to be a great quarterback, in college and the pros. The team's record has improved from last year's 3-9 disaster. But today was a setback. Even though the game was close, all the wind's been kicked out of Michigan's sails. The chances of a bowl game are slowly fading away. And possible NCAA sanctions over "practice-gate" aren't out of the question.
As so might be Rich-Rod's chances of a third season as Michigan coach. Rodriguez wasn't Michigan's first choice as head coach. That was Les Miles. He bowed out in the midst of an BCS championship run in 2007. For some reason I picture Les Miles ruminating over Saturday's loss to Alabama while updating his resume, making sure there are no embarrassing George O'Leary-esque embellishments.
In theory Rodriguez should get another shot at a winning season. But a good chance of losses against Wisconsin and Ohio State might be enough for some Michigan supporters. It might just be the right time to stop the bleeding.



Posted originally: 2009-11-07 22:31:00