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RichRod wants a piece of you, Michigan

Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:42 am
Edited on: December 2, 2011 11:43 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Rich Rodriguez's contract has been approved by the Arizona Board of Regents, and with that some more details about his deal at the school have emerged. Like the fact that Rodriguez will have $2 million at his disposal to hire a coaching staff, and I'd be willing to bet that a large portion of that money goes to a defensive coordinator.

Still, the most interesting tidbit from the story on Rodriguez's contract has nothing to do with how much he or his staff will be getting paid. It has to do with another request he made while accepting the job. Rodriguez wants to play Michigan.
UA athletic director Greg Byrne said Thursday he and the Wildcats' new coach discussed playing Michigan, which fired Rodriguez after the 2010 season.

"He brought it up like, 'Hey, let's look at this down the road,'" Byrne said. "I said, 'Sure.'"

Byrne said the conversation lasted 10 seconds. He has yet to contact the Wolverines.

"It's a two-way path to play a game," he said.
He wants revenge, Ann Arbor.

As for whether or not Michigan would be willing to do it, I'm not as sure. Of schools in the Big Ten, Michigan has a good track record of scheduling teams from other BCS conferences, as the Wolverines will be opening the 2012 season against Alabama in Cowboys Stadium. As for when Michigan would be able to schedule Arizona, while their 2012 and 2013 schedules are full, there are a couple of open dates in 2014.

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:24 am

RichRod wants a piece of you, Michigan

And then you woke up. Michigan easily has at least a Top 15 recruiting class, and may crack the top 10 if they can land a few 5-stars.

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:22 am

RichRod wants a piece of you, Michigan

I hope Michigan gets to play Arizona, because the Wolverines would kick his teeth in, and it wouldn't be close. He loves his precious spread and his 3-3-5, yet that generally doesn't work well in larger conferences. Give it 4 years, and he'll be jobless again.

Since: Jul 11, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 4:28 pm

RichRod wants a piece of you, Michigan

I can't wait until there is a national championship playoff in College Football.

Every bowl game the S.E.C. plays is a "home" game.

Those guys will start getting their butts kicked when they travel to Indianapolis to play the Buckeyes, and the dome in Minnesota to play Nebraska, and the Detroit Metrodome to play the Wolverines.

Can't wait.

We'll start to see genuine parity then.

Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2011 3:40 pm

RichRod wants a piece of you, Michigan

Rich, you miss hearing "The Victors"?

Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 11:19 am

RichRod wants a piece of you, Michigan

Fornelli - what planet do watch CFB on?  Michigan "has a good track record of scheduling teams from other BCS conferences."  Seriously?  Kudos to the rabid bagders for scheduling 'Bama next year - at least it will put an end to the scUM's BCS hopes early - but have actually looked at their track record?  Over the past nine years - with the exception of the Golden Domers who they cannot take off the schedule - the scUM have played exactly six (6) teams from BCS conferences.  Even that comes with an asterisk as in 2003 they played Houston which was not in a BCS conference at the time and in 2006 they played Vandy- in a BCS conference for sure but only to help with its acedemic ratings.  So in reality they've played four (4) legit BCS teams in nine years.  The rest of the time they are playing powerhouses like Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Norther Illinois and Appalachain State-- OUCH.  (Second asterisk, App. State obviosly isn't in the BCS but the scUM sure made them look like they should be.)

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 10:43 am

RichRod wants a piece of you, Michigan

Have looked it up any recruit from Ohio for the Michigan 2012 class is firm. Id be careful what you say your number 1 recruit Bri'onte Dunn is wavering at this time has spent last two weekends in Ann Arbor hes not interested in spread offense its been a failure with this conference. Defense is what wins games.....GO blue

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 10:22 am

RichRod wants a piece of you, Michigan

Michigan doesn't have a number one class now(they do have a very good incoming class though)  and it is sinking the closer we get to signing day,Hoke worked some kids in Ohio over when the Buckeyes  were under investigation,with Meyer and company running the show you will get a few but not many top players from had better do your homework,some of your Ohio recruits are reconsidering and may head back "home" to Ohio.....don't believe me...look it up

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 9:04 am

RichRod wants a piece of you, Michigan

You can count on Michigan having the number 1 recruiting class for some time. The wall Tressel built around Ohio is no more. Michigan will still get its share from the buckeye state and they wont be Meyers left overs count on it. With Greg Mattison considered to be the finest DC as will as college football recruiter in the nation will make sure of that. GO BLUE

Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 8:07 am

RichRod wants a piece of you, Michigan

vegas wrote:  "Lmao at "recruiting ranks".  if you are going by the ranking of a team's recruits as the end all be all for how a team does in REALITY"

Of course you are, because it destroys your contention that Carr quit recruiting.  Yes, the ratings services are not perfect, and they disagree from year-to-year.  But you and I both know that had Carr's recruiting rating been rated al low as NimRod's defenses, you'd have been citing those ratings.

Well, you'd have been citing them if you were smart enough to know about them and how to find them--both of which are rather doubtful. 

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:54 pm

RichRod wants a piece of you, Michigan

Michigander (from Michigan, not UM grad) here, but why do Big Ten teams persist in scheduling Alabama in the non-conference, or enter into bowl agreements with the SEC? They get humiliated game after game. They need to either start cheating like the SEC (e.g. oversigning for instance) or draw up alliances with the Colonial, Ivy league, Corn-fed Conference, or some other league they can compete with.  

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