I’m sure you have all been wondering where WolverinesEast has been these last couple of days. Well during all the chaos of the Retention\Fire\Hire extravaganza we at WolverinesEast have decided to not comment on the ever changing rumors and instead put our efforts towards a new project. Because we will now be having a new coach at Michigan, we decided it would be a good time to have a new website! That’s right we are upgrading to our very own .com on our own server. By doing this we will have much more control allowing us to bring even more Wolverine news to our viewers all around the country. For anyone concerned that this will change your experience at WolverinesEast fret not, I have spent hours making sure that the site works and looks almost identical to the current WolverinesEast. So what are you waiting for Hop over and take a look at the new site Go Blue!!
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Rich Rodriguez out as University of Michigan coach
Rodriguez, who coached three seasons and went 15-22 overall and 6-18 in the Big Ten and has been the subject of controversy during his tenure, was fired Wednesday by Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting.
Via Washington Post
Michigan denies reports that Rich Rodriguez has been fired
The University of Michigan has denied reports that Rich Rodriguez has been fired. The school released a statement that said:
“This is media speculation at this point the definitive voice on this matter is [Athletic Director] Dave Brandon and he has not and will not speak publicly until a final decision has been made.”
Fox News 2 has reported that Rich Rod is out. Not official yet, but sounds like that is the case. Don’t expect official until management meets with the players at 7 I believe. In case you were wondering here are some candidates if Harbaugh says no….
Brady Hoke; Tom Bradley; Pat Fitzgerald
The Race to the Playoffs this year was very tight in the NFL. Many NFL Wolverines stood up tall and tried to help their team get into the post season on the last Sunday of the regular season. But one man helped his team to a win sealing his team’s wild card berth, Charles Woodson. Woodson and the Packers controlled their own destiny needing a win against the 2nd best team in the NFC, their Rivals the Bears. The Packers defense shocked the league not allowing the Bears to score a TD. This charge was led by Charles Woodson who finished the day with six tackles, three pass defends and a sack.
This weekend has probably been one of the worst in Michigan football history. A Bowl slaughtering with our coach’s job on the line, De-commits, transfer rumors, academic ineligibility…the list goes on. Worst of all these combined facts have splintered the Maize and Blue Fans. Some fans want a new coach, some want old players to Coach, and some want old coach’s to coach. I guess the question now is where do we go from here?
As we have mentioned before Dave Brandon is a very smart man and an even smarter businessman (He helped save dominos for god sake). I trust he is taking all aspect of this Retention\Hiring\Firing into consideration. The options for him are fairly clear cut:
1. Keep RR, Fire GRob, and Hire a new DC
2. Fire RR GRob, and Hire a New Coaching staff.
Don’t fool yourself both of these options have positives and negatives. Choice 1 is risky because of the PR disaster that was the Gator bowl. It would also be a disaster if we retain RR and do not improve next year(Which I think we would). Option 2 has its fare share of risk as well. Rebuilding takes time, people are ignorant if they believe a Harbaugh (Took 3 years at Stanford), Hoke, Miles or any other coach could turn things around in one year. Recruiting has already taken a hit and expect players to transfer, this is what takes place with a new system.
The options are in place and as fans all we can do is wait and be supportive of any coaching changes or non changes that take place. Remember “It’s always darkest right before the dawn.”
On a brighter note Congrats to the Men’s BBall team on their 76-69 comeback Victory over PSU. On such a gloomy weekend Michigan came out flat before Darius Morris(20 Pts 10 Ast) and crew stormed back from a 9 point deficit to win. The Team has now completed their 8 game home stand and will now travel to Madison on Jan 5th to take on the badgers. Go Blue!!!
Via the Plain Dealer
As Cleveland Cavaliers lose games, rookie Manny Harris wins more minutes
CLEVELAND, Ohio — With six whopping games of playing experience under his belt, the game is finally, at long last, starting to slow down a little for Manny Harris.
At least on one side of the court.
“It did a lot on the defensive end,” Harris said after the Cavaliers fell to Chicago on Wednesday. “On the offensive end, I just had to slow down a little bit. . . . Offensively, I have to continue to be patient.”
The undrafted rookie guard from Michigan will have time to work on his patience. Cavaliers coach Byron Scott activated Harris for the 88-83 loss to the Bulls, and Harris played a season-high 21 minutes while scoring six points on 2-of-7 shooting.
The player who has seen action in just two of the past 12 games and has played a total of 67 minutes in the NBA is about to get his chance to see if he can figure out the offensive flow of the game. Scott said he plans to stick with lineup changes he injected Wednesday, despite the Cavaliers’ sixth loss in a row.
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