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Rich Rod is on the clock

Posted on: February 23, 2010 6:50 pm

With one sentence Michigan's incoming athletic director put Rich Rodriguez on notice.

"Rich Rodriguez is our football coach, and he will be our football coach next year," David Brandon said Tuesday.

Next year.

At this point, anything past that has to be considered gravy for Rich Rod.  The NCAA notice of allegations came down on Monday and, well, let's just say things didn't go well. In fact the results were so distressing that a guy who hasn't even taken office yet (Brandon) is putting a cap on Rich Rod's Michigan career.
Next year.

There wasn't much code to break in Brandon's statement after Michigan received its NCAA report card regarding those alleged practice-time violations. Rich, what Brandon was trying to say was it would be a good idea to go to a bowl next season. At least. And along the way it would be an equally good idea to give the boys a few months off -- just to even things up. 

As if you needed to be reminded, the Detroit Free Press nailed it when it detailed the widespread abuse of the NCAA's 20-hour work week.

Now it's on Rich Rod first and Michigan second. It's clear that the losing has to end in 2010. Brandon didn't have to tell us that. Michigan wasn't going to wait much longer especially after Rodriguez dragged the school's name through the NCAA mud. Now it's just a matter of how many wins it will take for Rodriguez to save his job.

Eight? Seven? Six? Ten?

It's too much to take being embarrassed by the Big Ten on the field and by the coaching staff off of it.

The NCAA which likely will hear Michigan's side of things at the August committee on infractions hearing. (Preview: "We're sooooo sorry) By the end of the year we could have two monsters of the game both on probation, Michigan along with USC.

Lane Kiffin will keep his job, perhaps shy a few scholarships. But the pressure is ramped up on Rodriguez times 10. After winning eight games in two seasons, I'm not sure he can win the six it will take just to get to a bowl game.

It doesn't matter what I think, though. Rodriguez' boss just spelled out the terms of his future employment. No code-breaking needed.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Michigan, NCAA

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2010 7:18 pm

Rich Rod is on the clock

PacMan Jones and Chris Henry did not get in trouble while at WVU. Their problems started after they went big time. Most of you do not understand what the allegations against UM and RR are. For the most part, RR did not break any rules. It was assistants and QC assistants that broke the rules. These violations started as soon as RR was hired. That tells me he didn't understand the responsibilities and duties of his QC assistants. He did not have those assistants at WVU so this was new to him.

Here is an exert from the NCAA allegations:

"According to the notice, Michigan’s compliance department expressed concern “about the duties and activities” of the program’s five quality-control assistants “shortly after” Rodriguez was hired. Athletic administrators with responsibilities to the football program failed to provide the necessary information, and that “collective failure partly resulted in the violations.”

Quality control assistants help regular staff assistants with administrative duties such as cutting up film and gameplan prep work. They are not allowed to work directly with players."

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2010 7:08 pm

Rich Rod is on the clock

What are you talking about??? The NCAA investigation did not come close to agreeing with what the FP stated. The FP said Michigan went over their practice time allottment around 8, 9, and 10hrs a week. What the NCAA found was that Michigan went over their practice time by around 25minutes a day. And do you know what those hours were from??? A GA and a QC staff member monitoring, or actually walking around and talking, with players as they warmed up before practice started. Then they were outside when the players voluntarily ran after practice. This is not actual practice time and they only reason they are in trouble for it is because they (the coaches) are not allowed to be around the players during this time or it get's counted as "practice."

The author of this post is also so far off it isn't even funny. Maybe some of you guys should go back and reread what the NCAA has alleged happen. A lot of you seem to have listened to what the FP stated in their initial report and refused to read what has actually happened. The FP alleged several violations, most of which are not even close to the hours and even events that they reported

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2010 7:00 pm

Rich Rod is on the clock

WVU had no rules violations under Rich Rodriguez, though they did have a couple of big time players with questionable character including Pac Man Jones and the late Chris Henry.

Since: Jan 5, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2010 4:25 pm

Rich Rod is on the clock

There's no way that Les Miles leaves LSU to take over at a broken down Michigan. If he didn't want the job after Lloyd Carr was dismissed then what would Michigan have now to make the job more appealing? There was way more talent in Ann Arbor when the opportunity first arose and Miles didn't want the job then so it would make this time around seem even less desirable.

Let's just run with your idea though about Les Miles taking the job in Ann Arbor...

After Rich Rod spends three years converting Michigan from a pro-style offense to an option offense based around the quarterbacks ability to run, not throw, Les Miles takes over and has to spend the next two or three years recruiting the players to fit the offense he's going to run. It takes to long for the W's to start coming along and Michigan and thier fans start to get restless with Les Miles. Now he's either fired or leaves on his own terms to head back down to the SEC and the warm weather which he's become accustomed to. Michigan now has to restart there already mid-process rebuilding and they are quite a few years removed from success and quite a few years still away from success. Sounds like Notre Dame for the past ten years doesn't it?

Point being.... there is NO way that Les Miles ends up at Michigan.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2010 4:01 pm

Rich Rod is on the clock

Cheeze, I don't necessarily disagree with you, but I was not aware of Rodriguez cheating at WVU.  Since I don't follow their program, maybe I just missed that.  Please enlighten me, someone?

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2010 2:48 pm

Jim Harbaugh Next Michigan Coach?

Do you think Jim would be Michigan's first choice?

If Michigan offers Harbaugh the job, should Jim take it? Will he?

I think it would be tough to succeed at Stanford long time vs. Michigan (even after Rich Rod's mess) but that's just me. And the fact that Jim played at Michigan would make the job pretty attractive to Harbaugh.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2010 2:46 pm

Rich Rod is on the clock

It's too bad U-M doesn't have the backbone to fire him now.

Everyone loses when one of the sport's marquee programs suffers.

I would even dare say that the U-M athletics department may want to consider looking for coaches outside of the greater Morgantown, WV area.

How a good school like WV thrived with this re-re as coach is truly a mystery.

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2010 2:40 pm

Rich Rod is on the clock

you've got to be kidding moron, you say calipari didn't cheat, then why did u mass and memphis have to give up their final four records? nothing with that cheater did right, its a misunderstanding with the ncaa right? your the idiot moron!!

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2010 2:36 pm

It's Big Ten football, so does it matter

It's not like a program from there can compete with the SEC anyway.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2010 2:35 pm

Rich Rod is on the clock

You are kidding, right/ Calipari drips as much grease as RR. They're both major losers. Kentucky lowered its standards to an embarrassing low for that program. Michigan was stupid to ever get rid of its last coach.

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