Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard wanted a Michigan Man

Desmond Howard, the 1991 Heisman Trophy winning wide receiver of the Wolverines, seems to be having issues with the hiring of Coach Rodriguez. Howard, who was on the search committee, was recently quoted as saying, "Well I think only time will tell if it was a good hire. The saddest part of the whole situation is that a Michigan Man never got offered the job. That doesn't sit well with any former players."

I took a fair amount of flak for my previous post ("Buyer's remorse") as some people saw it as unfairly criticizing Coach Rodriguez without giving him a chance. It's kind of cool that a Heisman Trophy winner who was on the search committee came out publicly a few days later and leveled the same criticisms I made in my post. He has just a little more credence than I carry. As Desmond said, Coach Rodriguez has no choice but to be successful and we wish him all the luck in the world as we would like nothing more than for Michigan to go undefeated next year. However, I think the reality is that Michigan is in for some tough sledding next season. I could even tolerate that if I found the man leading the program to be more honorable (e.g., Lloyd Carr). However, Coach Rod does not even have integrity going for him. I hope Bill Martin knew what he was doing when he hired this guy. Go Blue!

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At 4:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

appreciate your post but "buyer's remorse" would indicate desmond actually had a say in this purchase. not so much. let's all hope rich rod brings much success to um with integrity but the jury is simply still out...

At 3:40 PM, Blogger A Reformed Family Man said...

Integrity, I don't think its fair to say that. Guilty untill proven innocent is what you are saying. I haven't seen enough to prove one way or the other.

I will say some things look inappropriate, but its not guilt. Please look at it that way.

At 11:48 PM, Anonymous katherine said...

Love Desmond as a player...but have you heard that man speak? Seriously man, let it go. Get behind our coach b/c he has done nothing to hurt Michigan and you are not giving him the benefit of the doubt. I don't know what your deal is exactly, and I guess I shouldn't criticize someone who has enough balls to write his own opinions in a public forum, but let's say you're right about Rodriguez...what do you get out of it by ripping on him now? So you can be right later on and say "I told ya so!"? It's just completely counter productive and totally asinine. Why have rivals when we've got fans like you?

At 8:46 PM, Blogger mzgoblue said...

Coach Rod needs to finish his business with his former school. Each day brings more news regarding the dispute between WVU and Rich Rod regarding the circumstances that led to his departure. This hurts Michigan in two ways. First, Michigan's reputation is suffering as a result of being caught in the crossfire between Coach Rod and WVU. The dispute highlights the fact that Michigan "stole" Coach Rod from WVU while the Mountaineers were preparing to play in a BCS bowl game. Furthermore, the ongoing flame war between Coach Rod and WVU creates the false impression nationally that Michigan hired an unethical coach. The second, and more important, way Michigan is hurt by the ongoing dispute between Coach Rod and his former school is that the ongoing public battle royale has been a distraction. Coach Rod's undivided attention should be on the all important recruiting season. However, he has been at least partially preoccupied by all this lawsuit nonsense involving his previous school. Coach Rod needs to get his act together and put to rest his issues with his former employer. Until he does, I will continue to post my opinions regarding Coach Rod's character as it has a direct impact on Michigan for the reasons explained above.

At 3:32 AM, Anonymous LongHuII said...

Desmond is from Ohio lol My opinion is he turned down Alabama for $12 million dollars the WVU guys didn't do a few things he wanted in the new deal and he decided when offers came in from Florida State, Arkansas, Texas A&M and UM he couldn't pass that up we are talking about the greatest FB team in college history. Also he couldn't control what he wanted to have on his team. I read that the funds to take out high school kids weren’t in his control and monies was taken out from the WVU administration for some sort of function he wanted those funds for only recruiting. He also wanted his own subscription web page I mean who doesn't have their own site?

They didn't set up website a for he's usage. Which would have been fun to read and watch pod cast from. He also wanted free tickets to give to high school football coaches like a coach in PA for a QB recruit. Wouldn't that be nice to have in your pocket, WVU wouldn't let him have that. As far as I'm concern WVU people should just be thankful that they won the Sugar Bowl I mean my god how many teams can do that inside of Georgia playing the Bulldogs. Certainly not Ohio State! Ohio State is 0-9 vs. SEC. WVU should have sat down and thought about what we can do to retain this employee. In college professors and faculty go to one college to another all the time. It's pretty much common. Coaches get fired all the time also and I really don't see people usually getting mad about it. If you ran a business and you "Hire" the best there is it doesn't matter what nation they are from as long as they can do the job.

At 9:25 PM, Anonymous rakeback said...

After seeing Rich Rod's performance after two years, I think they should have hired someone else.


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