Desmond Howard uses Denard Robinson as an example of his issues with current-day college football
Desmond Howard, who won a Heisman Trophy during his time with the Michigan football program, used current Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson as an example of how he thinks college football has changed ... and it's not for the better.
The St. Petersburg Times covered Howard's keynote address at Thursday's Black Coaches and Administrators convention in St. Petersburg.
In it, Howard said he thought players -- beginning with extensive coverage of the recruiting process -- take the spotlight from their team before they accomplish anything on the field.
Howard, who played wide receiver for the Wolverines from 1989-91 and is now an ESPN college football analyst, said when he was recruited by Bo Schembechler, the Michigan coaching legend made it clear "that no one man is bigger than the program."
He said he's not sure that's the case any longer, and again used Michigan as an example. His quote, as reported in the St. Petersburg Times:
"I'll give you a perfect example: Michigan fires coach Rich Rodriguez. All the noise in Ann Arbor is, 'Is Denard Robinson going to stay or leave?' I'm like, 'Hey, if the kid wants to go, don't let the door hit you on the way out.' You looked fantastic for five games against nobody. That's what you did. I'm not going to deny his talents, but you ain't won nothing in Ann Arbor, son! Not so much we need to worry about if you're going to be here next year or not."