Detroit Columnist Calls Michigan ‘Bumbling Idiots’

COLUMNIST CALLS MICHIGAN CREW ‘BUMBLING IDIOTS’: These adventurous times in Ann Arbor, as the Wolverines continue their Quixotic quest for a head coach.

Terry Foster of the DETROIT NEWS is certainly amused by Michigan’s manhandling of their own coaching search:

Keystone Cops

The Wolverines have been exposed as bumbling idiots as they do their best impression of the Keystone Cops in trying to replace outgoing coach Lloyd Carr.”Foster cites the Les Miles muckety-muck and the Greg Schiano shunning as examples of the ineptitude at Schembechler Hall.

Athletic director Bill Martin and Carr and friends have bungled this thing so badly they can’t even hire a coach — Miles — who is 32-6 in the SEC, on the verge of a national title and practically is begging to come to Ann Arbor. Michigan has become a house divided, and that division is threatening to bring in a second-rate coach.”

Rich Rodriguez West Virginia thumbs up

But now the DETROIT FREE PRESS says the rates have gone up, as West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez has reportedly met with Martin and UM president Mary Sue Coleman about the vacant gig.Last year, the Mountaineers coach flirted with taking off for Tuscaloosa to grab the open Alabama job, but decided to remain in Morgantown - with an $800,000 raise.

If Michigan decides to strike it Rich, it’s going to cost them. Rodriguez has a $4 million buyout in his contract if he leaves West Virginia before the start of the 2008 season.

Then again, after Miles & Schiano, Rodriguez could just be strike three in the Wolverines’ coaching search.

USA Today Left With No NBA Reporters After Employee Buyouts

EMPLOYEE BUYOUTS LEAVES USA TODAY WITH NO NBA WRITERS: MAYNARDIJE.org reports massive recent employee buyouts at USA TODAY that include five members of the sports department has “wiped out its NBA coverage team.

USA Today Machine

Among those gone: NBA writers Roscoe Nance, David DuPree and Greg Boeck. According to DuPree, the departures leave USA Today NBA Editor Oscar Dixonwith no writers.“DuPree: “That’s the bed they made. I’m sure they’ll come up with something that works for them. But it has to be a blow. If you lose an entire desk in the middle of the season, it’s got to hurt.

We thought the cutbacks were supposed to help the paper’s financials, not increase circulation!