I'm a Michigan fan, but am old enough to remember Tom Cousineau from the late Woody era. He was talented, but also scrappy.
In addition to the all-time interception record he has the single-season Division 1 record for rushing yards by a QB and is the only player in NCAA history to both rush and pass for 1500 yards.
That was a terrible throw I'll admit.
I wasn't born back then either but one thing I'd say is that my sense was in the 1950s and 1960s the stakes weren't quite as high. Maybe I'm looking for another excuse to be hopeful as a Michigan fan, but with the University having spent $250 million on luxury boxes and having to sell 110,000 seats I don't think that Hoke or Brandon believes their jobs are secure if Michigan isn't competing for Big Ten titles again soon.
Greetings from a Michigan fan. This is my first time on this blog, and I think this story really summarized what happened, and I agree with prior commenters that I don't see this kind of nuanced analysis of OSU much on Michigan blogs.
I think that RichRod is a good coach (his success as a coordinator at Tulane & Clemson, and as HC at W. Va, can't be a complete fluke IMO), but that he really had no idea what he was in for when he came to Michgian. His failure was a combination of complete lack of support from the top combined with his own excesive loyalty to the guys he brought with him, some of whom weren't B10 caliber.
Had the transition been handled more like Bump to Bo (with mutual respect and support) he still might have failed, but we'll never know. Had he had support that might have included suggestions about assistants, how to handle the media, and how to maintain relations with the fanbase.
I'm thrilled with the success that Hoke's had so far, but am also curious to see what happens at Arizona.