Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Are the Wolverines "back"
What is the definition of “back”?
In the golf world, everyone wants to be the one to declare Tiger Woods “back” even though it is clear he is far from it.
With the departure of Rich Rodriguez from the
Michigan football program, the Wolverine fans have been
clamoring for Michigan
to get “back” to its tradition.
In stepped Brady Hoke,
Michigan went 11-2, and now some feel the
Wolverines are indeed “back”.
If by “back” you mean a team that can win around 10 games a year, perhaps
is “back”, but we need to see a bigger sample size before we can expect the
Wolverines to win 10 games every year.
If by “back” you mean a Big Ten champion, then clearly
Michigan is still on its
If by “back” you mean a national title contender, the Wolverines aren’t there either and may never get there.
However, that was the knock on Lloyd Carr when he was ending his tenure at
A large part of the fan base was unhappy with his ability to get Michigan into the
national title picture and for losing games that many felt he shouldn’t. In
some cases, the complaints were warranted. But Carr still brought a national
title to Ann Arbor
and was always in the mix for Big Ten titles.
Now it seems that fans would be happy to go “back” to the Carr days thanks to what happened under Rodriguez.
The Wolverines haven’t won the Big Ten since 2004, its longest drought between titles since 1950-1964.
So history dictates that “back” means Big Ten titles and Rose Bowl appearances.
appears to be ready to be “back” as soon as this season. If not this season,
But until the Wolverines can consistently beat the likes of
and Ohio State
again, which will lead to Big Ten titles, then Michigan is still “away” with fans anxiously
awaiting its return.