Sunday, December 09, 2007

"Hey, that thing is COLD!"

During the past week Greg Shiano was rumored to be considering the coaching position at the University of Michigan only to have that story squashed within a matter of hours. Just the latest in a list of, "No thank you's", to one of the premiere programs in college football. Looking at the Rutgers coach as an example it is easy to see where the problem may be. The 2007 Scarlet Knights were a disappointment but by posting a winning record and going to a bowl game, be it the International Bowl, are by historical standards doing quite well. Yes, there are critics of the coach but nothing approaching the firestorm a coach of the Wolverine's would experience for taking the team to the conference's lowliest bowl game.

Quoting the Bible , "Much will be required of the person entrusted with much and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more." is a call to duty to your fellow man in most cases. In the case being the UM coach the stewardship of the football program has a vengefully ruler that puts the God of the Old Testament to shame, alumni and fans. From August to November, even in election years the UM coach's actions receive scrutiny beyond that of the state's governor to the point of being reminded of the statement of Richard Nixon “It’s the responsibility of the media to look at the president with a microscope, but they go too far when they use a proctoscope."

In that light the pay will never be enough. Further, once you arrive at the top of the college football coaching ladder there's really nowhere to go but down (see Frank Solich and Steve Spurrier). There are those that thrive despite (or because of) in the limelight and pressure. The problem is that UM is searching for a football coach and not a Wall Street shark.

Note: I never expected to quote Richard Nixon and the Bible in the same paragraph.

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