I purposely ignored the Rivals/Free Press story about Morgan Trent bad mouthing Rodriguez. You'll note I generally refuse to link the Free Press, so I'm linking MVictors for reference. This just wasn't a story to me. It's old news being repackaged to create unnecessary drama this program doesn't need. It's a hack job that is as thinly veiled as a duct taping an aluminum pole to a horse's forehead and calling it a unicron. And I'm sick of it.
If there's one person on earth who's probably even sicker of this crap is Brian at MGoBlog, and I think this one finally pushed him over the edge. Brian's got a 1,500 word post up over at MGoBlog eviscerating this "story" and Morgan Trent for not just attacking Rodriguez, but the program itself. And, regarding Trent, I'm 100% with Brian on this. Trent was not a good cornerback at Michigan. He was routinely torched. He was routinely out of position. He was routinely cut slack because we in the internets thought he was a "Michigan" guy. Sadly, it turns out he wasn't. He turned out to be a selfish whiner who's actions now show no regard for his "friends" on the team or the players that he left or come after him. There's a reason you were barely a draftable product in 2009. It was because you were a lousy corner, not because of things Rodriguez told NFL scouts. Hopefully, one of these days you'll come to terms with this. But I'm guessing you probably won't.
While Brian's post is worth a read just for his desiccation of Trent, Brian saved a good deal of his viritol for former head coach Lloyd Carr.
Any question as so whether or not there is a major rift between the two coaches is now gone. If there wasn't, Carr would have talked to Rodriguez about it. He would have gotten some clarification or a denial or something, and he wouldn't have presented it to Trent in the fashion he did. If he didn't do that, he would have told Trent to shut up when given the opportunity.
I don't agree or disagree with Brian on this. It's his opinion on this one, and given his track record he's earned the right to take a bold and hard line on this. Could Carr have taken a greater role in smoothing this transition over and stopping some of this nonsense before it hit the papers? Absolutely. But that's as far as I'll go. My hat's off to Brian for taking a stance that will undoubtedly be unpopular in many Michigan circles. I don't have to agree or disagree with that stance to have respect for him frankly stating what he felt needed to be said.