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.