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D the key to Michigan making title run

Michigan has the offense to make a national title run, but questions linger about a defense last seen being run over in the Rose Bowl.

Updated: August 23, 2005, 5:01 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

A 9-3 season warrants a parade and a contract extension in most college football locales. But when you go 9-3 at Michigan and your defense finishes the season with its pants around its ankles, nobody reaches for the confetti.

Instead, some vigilante fans reached for the mouse and clicked their way to www.firejimherrmann.com, where they agitated for the ouster of their defensive coordinator. All Herrmann has done was win the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant in 1997, when the Wolverines ...

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