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Former Wolverine Desmond Howard Compares Michigan to a Division II Program

Nov 19, 2008 – 3:44 PM
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Mark Hasty

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If you didn't know already, more than a few Michigan Wolverine fans are upset with how this football season has turned out. Not only is the nation's longest bowl streak over, but the Wolverines are enduring their first eight-loss season ever. Number nine looks to be on the horizon, as Rich Rodriguez's squad heads to Columbus for the annual Big Ten Championship Game Ohio State-Michigan game.

It isn't just fans who are upset with the team's non-performance this season. Even some former Wolverine players are getting into the act. On Monday, Desmond Howard, of all people, gave an interview to a Columbus radio station on Monday and left no doubt about his opinion of the team's performance this season:

"I made a comment (Sunday) on our show that it's not like they were trying to learn a spread offense (as much as) like they were trying to learn how to play football in some of those games, they looked so bad. This isn't Michigan, this is like Michigan Tech."
For the benefit of the unenlightened, yes, there's really a Michigan Tech. It's located in the Upper Peninsula, so far up it's actually closer to Minneapolis than to Detroit. Howard's comparsion is unfair, though.

Michigan Tech had a winning season this year, after all. Granted, it was in Division II, but still!

Howard went on to blame Rich Rodriguez (way to go out on a limb there, Des) and defensive coordinator Scott Shafer, though he had plenty of blame left for the players.

"Now, there's a way to lose, and there's a way to look embarrassing. Earlier in the season, when guys couldn't field kickoffs, that to me that goes beyond coaching."

As usual, it's hard to argue with somebody when they're right.

Can Rodriguez turn things around in time? Howard thinks RichRod might not even get the customary three seasons to get his program established. "There's no way in the world he can have a season next year like he had this year and still be in Ann Arbor," he said.

Okay, but if he goes after next year, he'll take Michigan AD Bill Martin with him. Some Michigan fans might consider that a win-win scenario at this point. As for the rest of us? Again I say, if every other college football program has to go through a few fallow years every couple decades, what makes Michigan different?
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