Mon Nov 22 02:28pm EST
I doubt even Greg Robinson could disagree: It's been a rough year for Greg Robinson. A rough couple years, actually. Well, more like a rough decade. Since leaving an über-talented defense at Texas in 2004 – a group that went on to win the BCS championship the year after his departure – "Gerg" has subsequently presided over a) The worst four-year span in Syracuse history as head coach, and b) Arguably the two worst defenses in Michigan history as defensive coordinator. The 2009 Wolverine D was the worst in the Big Ten; this year's green, attrition-plagued unit has taken the distinction to a whole new level. At this point, Gerg's return in 2011 would be minor miracle.
With nothing to lose and his troops struggling mightily again Saturday against Wisconsin's surging locomotive of an offense, Robinson made one final, desperate bid for competence from his troops – by anointing middle linebacker Kenny Demens with some kind of stuffed animal after Michigan recovered a Badger fumble in the third quarter:
The mysterious talisman worked for approximately one play, after which Wisconsin proceeded to score 24 points on its next four possessions without attempting a single pass en route to a 48-28 win. Oh well.
It was worth a shot, whatever it was. Maybe it will work when applied to resumés?