One of the more interesting storylines surrounding the Michigan football program is what will happen to quarterback Denard Robinson if is not back next season. Robinson is a perfect fit for Rodriguez's offense, as his amazing numbers this season show. Would he be able to succeed in a pro-style offense or a different type of spread, and would he want to stick around and play for Michigan if Rodriguez is not there? Robinson was asked the latter question following the Gator Bowl, but he declined to comment, saying only this (via The Detroit News):â†µ
All Robinson added is that Rodriguez is his coach, Rodriguez recruited him to Michigan and "that's it." He declined to expand beyond that, as there really is no point in saying anything else right now. Rodriguez is Michigan's coach as of right now, and although that could change in a matter of days, it's not to Robinson's advantage to say anything concrete one way or the other. Whether or not Robinson would stick around with a new coach depends on a number of factors, and right now there are just too many unknowns to comment.â†µ
My personal belief is that if someone like Jim Harbaugh were hired, this would be a much different situation than when Ryan Mallett left Michigan after Rich Rodriguez became the coach (this is a comparison some have tried to make). Rodriguez was set on running his offense, which didn't fit Mallett, and there was no guarantee Mallett was coming back even if Lloyd Carr was still the coach (there were rumors of a transfer before Carr retired). I think Robinson would at least give Harbaugh a semester to see how he would be used and if the offense would be catered to his style of play. I could obviously be wrong, but Robinson seems like a guy that would be more willing to stick around than someone like Mallett was when the last coaching change happened.