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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: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2010 12:12 pm

Rich Rod is on the clock

It's pretty embarrassing that with all the extra practice they still played like crap. Michigan should just cut bait and admit it was not a good fit.

Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2010 11:11 am

Rich Rod is on the clock

You're right about Calipari and Sampson, but find me one example of how Rodriguez cheated at WVU.  If you want to argue he's a shitty coach, I'll listen, but he never broke rules.  It was an awful hire from the start but not for the reason you're saying.

Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2010 11:06 am

Rich Rod is on the clock

I think it was just a statement of support.  Just because he used the word "year" means nothing.  If tough sanctions come and he doesnt win, he will be the next coach at a MAC school w/ an opening.

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2010 9:23 am

Rich Rod is on the clock

I don't like Rich Rod but it has nothing to do with the NCAA investigation.
What happened at Michigan happens at every single major college football program.
Have you actually read what they are in violation of?
Fire Rich Rod for being a bad coach but stop making a big deal out of the investigation.
Anyone that does really has no clue what they are talking about. Under Carr there were plenty of shaddy things going on. It the nature of college football. All that matters is winning. If Rich Rod took his team to the national title game last year no one would be saying anythng about these minor infractions. They would just say it was nonsense and move on. He is guilty of losing a bunch of games. In the world today either you perform or you are gone. (Unless you work for a bank, then you just get bailed out by everyone else and continue to be a dbag)

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2010 9:22 am


Please, PLEASE....  don't fire this joker.

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2010 9:17 am

Rich Rod is on the clock

Actually, if you knew what you were talking about, Rich Rod has been on the clock since the moment Brandon was hired. Statements he has made indicate RR needs to win this year to keep his job. This is not new since yesterday. As to the rest, there is no point arguing with uninformed people.  

Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2010 9:01 am

Rich Rod is on the clock

Only problem with your posting is this....

John Calipari did not cheat. If you have proof, please show it. He did not orchestrate Marcus Camby's signing with an agent. He did not arrange for someone to take Derrick Rose's SAT. The NCAA has cleared him of any wrong doing. In fact, the NCAA CLEARED Rose to play. It wasn't until the season was over that they invalidated Rose's test. Show me one coach in the entire country that would not have played Rose, KNOWING that the NCAA cleared him. Ole Roy, Coack K, Boeheim.....they ALL would have played him.

I will not disagree with anything else that you posted, but next time, do the research, and post the facts. You only make yourself look like an uneducated idiot.

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2010 8:16 am

Rich Rod is on the clock

You're off base, Wolverine apologist. The NCAA investigation agreed with the Detroit Free Press stories.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2010 4:53 am

Rich Rod is on the clock

I bet he doesn't coach more than 4 games this year.  and I see Les Miles jumps in within two weeks of Rich Rod's Firing. EVEN if he manages to salvage a 7 or 8 win season there would have to be nothing controversial throughout the entire season besides this to keep him. I just don't see how Michigan can be Michigan under Rich Rod.  He is a fine coach and could get a job at another BCS school, maybe even Indiana.
 oh and a side note on an unrelated topic,  the university of Toronto would be a good fit for the Big Ten. Investigate it they have a very strong resume.

Did you actually type this thinking that it was a rational and good point. Or that it was humorous? Just give up posting for a while.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2010 4:51 am

The Free Press nailed it?

Does Dennis Dodd live on this planet? The 20-hour per-week overage that the Free Press alleged turned into two. The 10-hour Sundays turned into 20 extra minutes. How the heck do you figure that the Free Press "nailed" it? Dodd certainly lives in a world of unicorns and magic. No wonder why no one takes the news media seriously anymore - it doesn't have a fundamental clue of what's going on for the most part.

Dodd, here's a much more reasoned and rational take on this, since you clearly can't decipher NCAA documents or think critically on an issue.



Completely embarrassing article in its absolute lack of understanding what the heck is going on.

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