So there’s been a bit of buzz about WTKA 1050AM’s part-time afternoon host Jeff DeFran and his self-described little rant last Wednesday before Thanksgiving. DeFran read from a “prepared statement” which basically went off on Rodriguez, kind of Valenti-style for the 50+ crowd.
Here’s probably the most talked-about portion of the statement/rant:
“With the search committee already underway to replace [outgoing AD Bill Martin], how much longer will Rich Rod be around? The rumors, sources I talk to, three strong candidates [assume he means AD candidates] they already have their head coach. They want to make their mark and bring in their head coach. And maybe things are going to wait until the end of the NCAA investigation, which is next month [December], but, there is talk that that the university is negotiating with the NCAA to admit wrongdoing, self-imposed sanctions, and the deal is made with Michigan, not losing any bowl appearances if they’re eligible, maybe missing some more practices, a scholarship or two or something like that.”
“..then I think, once there’s a new AD ready to be hired and announced, Bill Martin will have to do the dirty work…these are what I’m hearing from strong sources, he’ll fire Rich Rod in January, the new AD comes in, Bill Martin’s a lame duck, and the new tenure of Michigan football will start.”
Here’s the audio:
I’m not a fan of Defran’s version of The Big Show, basically because I don’t really relate to him on any level. I think his jokes are horrifying and I don’t think we’d be drinking buddies, etc. FWIW. I listen occasionally because of the subject matter but usually end up turning it off.
That said, I do give Defran some kind of credit here for not dancing around this, he comes out and he attempts to drill Rodriguez knowing he’s going to get blasted by most of the listeners. Further, given the history of WTKA hosts allegedly being silenced or encouraged by the athletic department, it took some measure of balls. He doesn’t seem the type just to say something to get attention.
I disagree with most of his opinions on this matter and some of it is just wrong (Mallett wasn’t “run off”). But part of this Defran’s attempt to break an actual story from three sources, that Rodriguez will be canned in January. On that part, I guess we’ll see. If it doesn’t come to fruition and I think everybody would be very shocked if this did, Defran’s going to have to explain himself.