Writing on the wall is Croft is not the guy. Can he scramble? Not throw it up for grabs? Immediate upgrade vs meltdown-mode Mitch. You don't keep a pitcher in that just got shelled for five home runs.
He doesn't want to pull the redshirt on Croft and lose an entire year. Rhoda could have been put in, but he has been notified that his future is not an Minnesota. Its Leidner in the Bowl.