"I take full responsibility for the demise of where Michigan's program is at this time," Shafer said.
Coach Rich Rodriguez announced the move, calling it a resignation, and Shafer did not dispute that.
"Yes, it is accurate," Shafer said. "We just had a mutual decision. We had different thoughts on the way we did things."
Alas, it wasn't to be. I think there may have been some tension all along between the outsider (Shafer) and the West Virginia position coaches. Keep in mind that Shafer had been primarily a 4-3 guy and hadn't worked with anyone else on the staff, with his D-coordinator experience coming at Northern Illinois, Western Michigan and Stanford. And when you have a defensive coordinator who employs a different scheme than what the other coaches are used to teaching, you're going to have a hard time getting everybody on the same page.