The news conference video shows Rich Rodriguez humbled and apologetic, even a bit shaken. The critics say that Rodriguez, brought to Michigan to reinvigorate the football program, instead has hastened its slide further from glory. The initial response is that the once-mighty Wolverines remain a program in crisis and that maybe Rodriguez should step aside.
Hold on, everybody. It’s time to take a long, deep breath.
Even at a program with Michigan’s storied tradition and faithfulness to playing within the rules, all this hullabaloo will fade by Labor Day weekend. That’s when the real referendum on Rodriguez begins. It stretches across 12 Saturdays, and Michigan’s results in those games will be the only things that matter for the Wolverines.