Either RichRod gets a personality transplant, or Mary Sue leaves, but I do not see a long reign for RR at Michigan.
Well, it's meaningless speculation by someone who enjoys meaningless speculation about organizational behavior and management cultures but ...
Either RichRod gets a personality transplant, or Mary Sue leaves, but I do not see a long reign for RR at Michigan. There's just way too much smoke too soon, emanating from RR's personal behavior, his past dealings with too many people (barred from Penna high schools for the purpose of recruiting?), whispers from too many people who have worked with him, and the ugliness of his departure from WVU.
When was the last time a Michigan recruit was photographed as the proud operator of a 'Vette owned by a jock-sniffing local fixer?
My outlook is that self-interested very successful guys like RR are not chastened but rather emboldened when they are rewarded by huge promotions such as the Michigan job. He probably thinks that if he wins he trumps the Michigan management's expectations of actually being proud of something besides wins.
If the first thing he does is get a kid like Pryor who may or may not be eligible, I predict chaos.
I'm sure RR is working hard now to firewall anyone previously associated with UM football (e.g., Carr), which means that the two of the three decisionmakers (Carr and Coleman) are going to be in zero tolerance mode before spring practice starts. When was the last time a premier school hired a coach who started out on double secret probation?
Character is always fate. UM pursued (KF) but did not hire character. And Michigan is not a glorified and crooked company town where everything is political except for politics -- which are personal -- as is WV. You've got a class act in the UM president who has a Thatcheresque backbone, who is in her last job. Carr has retired. Tawdryness will not be their legacy.
Or, RR is badly misunderstood by everybody and we'll soon see the gentle conscience that is his true self.
Good luck with that, Brian Cook.