urgh, this again.
Rippetoe writes programs designed around teaching beginner to intermediate lifters the basic barbell lifts. That's all he does. To say Rippetoe sucks is wrong, because he does what he does exceptionally well. When these discussions come up people point out that his programs are no good for bodybuilding. Rip doesn't give a shit about bodybuilding. He gives a shit about the basic, barbell lifts, and that's what he teaches with a huge degree of skill and success.
If you don't want to do a program based off of the basic BB lifts, then you wouldn't do one of Rip's programs. That doesn't make his programs bad, or make him a bad coach, it just means that your goals are not in line with what Rip teaches. Not everyone that lifts weights wants to get into bodybuilding or cares about things like making sure their rear delts or upper chest don't lag. Some people just like to squat, bench and clean heavy. For these people, Rip's programs like SS or the Texas Method are a fine choice for as long as they can progress without needing some kind of periodisation.
And he doesn't recommend GOMAD for everyone, just the skinny teenage kids that need the calories.
You might not want to do one of his programs, but there is no denying that Rip is exceptional at coaching what he does, and his programs will most definitely get you strong in the basic lifts. If your goals require a different program, then do a different program. That doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with Rip's programs, just that they don't suit your goals.