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Dr. Dirty Dikrod, Snakeoil Saleman

Posted on: July 11, 2009 10:21 am

Let's examine this exemplar, this role model.

    He "somehow" managed to get an offer from Alabama, but turned it down saying how much he loves West Virginia and wants to continue coaching there until he retires. He got a fat pay raise.
    11 months later, 3 days after receiving the call, he signed with Michigan. So much for love. This was on the heels of that massive pay increase. Makes you wonder if that is what the Alabama gig was all about.
    Wonder? Nope. He was constantly looking for a bigger, better deal and when those offers came in, he leveraged them to get more money and other concessions from WVU. Don't take my word for it. Do your own research. The legitimate news articles are out there.
    Then there is the comment, "Who wouldn't want to coach for Michigan?" Maybe that is a true statement, maybe not, but it certainly does not show good sense or good taste coming from someone who profess undying love for his then current position.
    Next, the buyout clause. Oh, my. He signed a contract with the understanding that the clause was not going to be enforced but did not have the words struck? Let's see. Contract negotiations on that lasted from January to July. He had the time. Decide for yourself.
    The amusing part is Michigan paid $2.5M of the $4.0M buyout, plus taxes. That is quite a signing bonus Dirty Dikrod got. Do the math. The cost to UM was $3,803,393.85 when the taxes are added in. I used the 2007 tax rates. The 2008 tax rates are a bit higher.
    Recent reports allege Dr. Dirty Dikrod, right after signing with Michigan, used West Virginia cell phones to contact recruits for Michigan. The Big Ten and the NCAA started an investigation of this obvious rules violation. This abuse of position is part of the ligation transcripts (ref. WVU vs. Rodriguez). Don't take my word for it. Do your own research. The legitimate news articles are out there.
    Let us not forget his imfamous chastising of the UM students who needed "to get a life" because they expressed their displeasure in the record setting season last year.

And the best for last...

In a recent article, the second letter of resignation written by Dr. Dirty Dikrod was discussed. Would you like to know what was listed at the top of the list of reasons why Dirty Dikrod left WVU?

    Was it because WVU failed to follow through and give the assistant coaches an annual pay raise?
    Was it because WVU failed to upgrade the locker rooms?
    Was it because of any of the things Dirty Dikrod alleged that WVU promised but did not follow through on?

The number one reason Dirty Dikrod left West Virginia University as listed in his letter of resgnation is the university refused to allow him to violate NCAA regulations.


    He stated, first on the list, that he left WVU because the university would not allow him to let his players keep and sell their scholarship issued textbooks.
    And... Dr. Dirty Dikrod, as reported, demanded that the students be allowed to keep the books. He did not ask. Good thing for WVU that the school officials refused to cave into his demands.

He should have taken the Alabama job. He would have fit right in.

    There is no excuse, no rationalization that gets Dr. Dirty Dikrod off the hook. Every coach, especially head coaches had better know the rules, all of them. It is part of the job. If Dr. Dirty Dikrod was unaware of the rules, well that just does not say much in his favor.
    For those of you who like casual reading, go to NCAA Constitution, Operating Bylaws, Administrative Bylaws
    And if you like, you can also read the transcripts from the WVU litigation. Do a Google search. Wonderful reading. Quite interesting.
    I can only wonder how long it will be before that school down the road is under NCAA sanctions, loss of scholarship, banned from bowls, etc.

Dr. Dirty Dikrod is the consummate Skunkbear.

The title of this blog is Dr. Dirty Dikrod, Snakeoil Saleman.


Snake oil. Look it up.

You Skunkbears think this is a compliment. You poor, ignorant fools.

"Snake oil" is an insult.

    In the 1870s through 1890s, there were self-proclaimed Doctors who went around what was then the west, selling their Elixors, which were primarily based on snake oil, along with whatever other ingrediants they could scrounge. These bottles of Elixor would be sold as cures for colds, age, infertility, llack of verility, youth enhancers, and whatever else the travelling snake oil salesmen could fabricate.
    Ultimately, these snake oil salesmen would be found out by the townfolk and farmers, usually because someone got sick or died from those patent medicines, and the snake oil salesment would be stripped, tarred and feathered, and ridden out of town on a rail. Note, the rail was usually a split rail with lots of nasty splinters.
    In present times, someone who applies "his particular brand of snake oil" is being accused of nefarious behavior, specifically lying through his teeth.

So, it is with the greatest amusement that I read skunkbear posts that brag about Dr. Dirty Dikrod's "snake oil."

Dr. Dirty Dikrod is the consummate snakeoil salesman. The fans have bought into this completely. The poor, pathetic fools.

You now own a stain that is bigger and yellower than the stripes on your mascot.

Enjoy your humiliation, skunkbears.


    Why do I use "Dikrod?" It is an obvious play on RRod. Dick is one diminutive of Richard. I spell it Dik, leaving out the "C" because I see no championship in that name.

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Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2009 8:19 pm

Dr. Dirty Dikrod, Snakeoil Saleman

First, 2 winning seasons. No, I am not kidding. There are a lot of posters, allegedly aligned with UM, who are showing all the symptoms of hero worship over Rodriguez, who think the option spread is the end all be all of offenses, and who have set unreasonable expectations.

I perceive more of a risk that Rodriguez leaves for a bigger, better deal than Dantonio. Dantonio came back to E.Lansing  because he wanted to be here. Rodriguez came to Ann Arbor to get away from WVU.

Yes, we are very pleased with Mark Dantonio. His record for the first 2 seasons are more than satisfactory, better than our highest expectations. To start with, Dantonio has won more games in his first 2 years than any other coach (first 2 years) in MSU history.

Every journey begins with a tiny first step. It's just beginning and I hope it becomes competitive for both sides. That would be fantastic.

Since: Jul 19, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2009 9:04 pm

Dr. Dirty Dikrod, Snakeoil Saleman

watch who we've chosen for hero worship? your kidding right? I think you'd be hard pressed to find anybody hero worshiping RR. there is a big difference between thinking you have the right man for the job and hero worship. in fact if there is any worshiping going on how about the new chosen one in East Lansing Mr. Dantonio? one winning season and the statue is being erected. I honestly hope if he's the real deal he doesn't use MSU as a stepping stone to a better job. the rivalry needs to balance out and not be so lopsided to keep things in the state interesting. no matter how bad last year was in AA it was still just one itsy bitsy little tiny win in a row. no more, no less.

Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: July 17, 2009 3:26 pm

Dr. Dirty Dikrod, Snakeoil Saleman

Sadly, you have missed the point.

I am well aware that the NCAA does not prosecute minor infractions and nothing I have listed is sufficiently flagrant to draw their attention or to warrent expenditure of their resources to investigate. Futhermore, it would be difficult to put sanctions in place with out hurting WVU, which would be unfair and wrong.

The point is that Rodriguez operates in the gray areas too much and UM needs to keep a close watch. The other point is that the UM fanbase, at least those who frequent these forums, needs to take a close look at the person they have chosen for hero worship. They need to, as you so eloquently phrased it, stop playing "stupid and hope nothing happens."

The individual irregularities taken singly are trite, of course. The composite portrays an man who is more ambitious than the head coach position needs. It also does not reflect well on the fanbase (and possibly UM) that they are willing to ignore these things for the sole sake of winning.

Winning at any price is NOT what the University of Michigan is about now or any time in the past. Winning and losing with honor, integrity and sportsmanship has always been that for which UM is best known. With Rodriguez, there is a very real risk that will change.

Since: Jul 19, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2009 10:27 am

Dr. Dirty Dikrod, Snakeoil Saleman

I hate to say this and this is no excuse but by the letter of the law there probably isn't a major college in america that doesn't have rules infractions if the NCAA can look long and hard enough. My aunt went to state in the 70's, yes she is a die hard sparty but I love her anyways, she had a certain former sparty football player in her math class. He was in class exactly 2 days. The 1st and the last. he had no problem passing this class. my point is lets not be so narrow minded that we think athletes are held to the same standard as regular students because that is simply laughable. the rules have been and always will be more ffavorable for the athlete., Just look at recent court cases for proof of that. I'm sure you have your hard core exeptions to the rule but the sad reallity is play stupid and hope nothing happens. And until someone comes up with real proof that RR has ever done anything against NCAA rules he'll get a pass from me same as Dantonio or Tressel or whoever else is out there. I find it humorous that RR was a saint until he decided to leave WV and coach for Michigan. These kind of posts are nothing more than baseless witch-hunts by people who know what the future at UM holds with RR at the helm, and that is dominance!  you'll see a major turn around this year and then look out cause were coming back with a vengance!!!

Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2009 8:55 am

Dr. Dirty Dikrod, Snakeoil Saleman


Of course he did not use those words. The exact words in the letter were "Student textbooks."

However, it amounts to the same thing. He wanted to let his players keep their textbooks. WVU refused to let that happen.

For others who may read this, let me say one word, Alabama, before anything is posted that letting those kids keep the scholarship issued textbooks is ok. It is not. It is required that the books be turned in at the completion of the courses.

Then again, someone besides me might actually take the time to read .

In it you will find rules against giving student athletes that kind of extra benefit.

Since: Jul 19, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2009 11:16 pm

Dr. Dirty Dikrod, Snakeoil Saleman

ok sparty, you can't really think a major college coach would be stupid enough to tell anyone he was leaving his job because the university wouldn't let him violate NCAA rules. come on thats the dumbest thing I think i've ever read!  if those words actually came out of RR's mouth it was only messing with the mind of whatever simpleton he was talking to.

Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2009 1:49 pm

Dr. Dirty Dikrod, Snakeoil Saleman

Hey Bud,

Of course you were (pulling my leg... a little).

Money. The one word says it all and describes just about everything that is wrong with college sports in today's world.

With what some of these jokers make in a year, I could retire to a life of ease.

Oh well. No, not jealous. It's just had I thought the college coaching market would have evolve to this, I would have changed my curriculum and career path!

Nah. I like what I do and I like not workiing 16 hours a day.

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: July 11, 2009 6:12 pm

Dr. Dirty Dikrod, Snakeoil Saleman

Spartan.........I was pulling your leg ...a little. However, being a coach, nowadays , is a little more complicated than when Wilkinson, Hayes and The Bear was at it.........the amount of money these guys get today would make you do a lot of crap!!

Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: July 11, 2009 4:41 pm

Dr. Dirty Dikrod, Snakeoil Saleman


Thanks for weighing in.

The more I read about him, the more I am glad he is not coaching at State.

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