Players Want Decision on Rodriguez

We don't normally report on issues like this, but given the hush-hush nature of Michigan coaching situation right now, I think it's news when players speak out about their coach.

Via Pete Bigelow from AnnArbordotcom, some Wolverines are anxious to know the future of their head football coach before the Gator Bowl on January 1st.

Ryan Van Bergen:
“I would appreciate it to be declared. I have 100 percent faith in Dave Brandon. …

I think that he’s got everything under control, but I think it’d be more beneficial to just come out and make a statement, so some of the players have an idea. But, obviously, there’s reasons I don’t know about why that can’t be done at this point.”
Mike Martin:
“I get upset when people poke fun at Coach Rod, because I know him on a personal level. I’ve been at his house with his family, and that man should never be made fun of because he’s nothing but a good person.

“Why would you want to poke fun at a good person? He deserves nothing but the best.”
Like we've said before, without a sense of stability at the coaching position, potential recruits could be lost...much like recent decommits Dee Hart and Kevin Sousa. But what could be more damaging is the negative effect on current players, especially leading up to a bowl game that's still 26 days away. Most of these guys were recruited by Rodriguez, so to them, this time of uncertainty could have lasting damages.

I know Dave Brandon wants wait until after the season, but unfortunately the media doesn't operate on that schedule. Speculation has run rampant, and it seems as if its having an effect (mostly negative) on everyone involved. I still trust that Brandon has command over the situation, otherwise he would make a statement in favor of Rodriguez or against, but a little damage control might go a long way.

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