The past three years have definitely been forgettable for die-hard U of M fans. The winningest program in NCAA College Football history that has produced three Heisman Trophy winnters is in the midst of some turmoil that doesn't seem to be ending anytime soon. From Rich Rod and his epic fail of an attempt to install a new spread offense into a program that has it's roots in Bo Schembechler's grind-out, run-first offense to the fact that it's been about 1160 days (give or take) since Michigan has beaten Michigan State in either basketball or football, you would think that Wolverines would be lined up at the door of AD, David Brandon with pitchforks and torches. But that's not the case. Keep in mind that former Athletic Director, Bill Martin pulled a solid Nick Saban-Ron Meyer-esque move and got out of dodge before the walls started closing in. Brandon vows to bring the football program back to prominence on the national stage with his next hire. My first word of advice would be to beat the Spartans and OSU first.
So what's next for U of M? Stanford's Head Coach and former Michigan assistant coach under Bo, Jim Harbaugh is seemingly out of the picture for a number of reasons and Les Miles has turned LSU into a national powerhouse down in the SEC. For those who want to stick to the roots and bring a 'Michigan Man' in, it looks like your only hope is Brady Hoke. The current San Diego State Head Coach is responsible for three total bowl games (including two wins) and an overall record of 47-50 between his time at SDSU and Ball State. Sure he isn't the sexiest girl at the dance but if it's a 'Michigan Man' that fans and alums want then this is the best for right now. Also, keep this in mind. Bo Schembechler, Gary Moeller, and Lloyd Carr were all far from being 'hot' coaching commodities. Rich Rod was one of the few 'big name' coaches that Michigan sought out. Is Hoke the answer for the Wolverine football program, who knows? Whoever it is, best of luck to them; especially since 'Little Brother' is getting tired of running 'Big Bro' off the field.