My thoughts on Rocky as an outsider...
Rocky was polarizing, but the dude won a lot of games. But he never won "the big one." He had a lot of P5 scalps. He put a lot of guys in the league. Like Ron McBride. Like Pat Hill.
To me, he is best known for his consistency...you always knew what you were going to get with Rocky...great defense, boring offense and more wins than losses. That was his formula, and love it or hate it, it was effective.
When Pat Hill was fired, I thought it was a good move. I felt he'd taken the program as far as he could. The success under DeRuyter in the first two years only emboldened my opinion. But then it went south in a hurry. That can happen at any program, but it can escalate quicker at G5 programs.
I don't know all the particulars of why he stepped down, but it sounds like the AD was stepping out of his lane and telling Rocky who to fire. That's not a good move, and I don't blame Rock for giving them the finger. Doing that after a bad season is one thing...doing it after a successful one is out of line.
Hopefully Hoke is the right man for the job, and he can make all your dreams come true. The last thing the conference needs is one of it's most consistent teams to start sucking ass. As Fresno State fan I know all too well how that feels.