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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: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2010 11:00 pm

Rich Rod is on the clock

my God, learn to spell you moron

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2010 10:50 pm

Rich Rod is on the clock

The University of Toronto is in CANADA, while the rest of the Big Ten is in the NCAA (NATIONAL Collegiate Athletic Association).  So no, Toronto does not fit, despite their resume.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2010 8:47 pm

Rich Rod is on the clock

Um, Dodd:
Did you even bother reading the NCAA allegations?

One alleged incedent concerns a player being forced to perform extra practice for skipping classes. Thats a violation? Please! Bear Bryant would roll over in his grave if there was a penalty imposd onto a school for this type of discpline. You ditch class, you are going to run some extra laps after practice, this goes back to grade school man.

Another is about players going over the 10 hour practice time limit be a whopping 20 minutes a week? Whoo! The Free Press really nailed them on that one huh? Wasn't the Freep suggesting that they forced voluntary practice upon players in excess of 6 to 8 extra hours a week? C'mon man we're talking about 20 minutes of frigging stretching.


Michigan will own up to the errors about not enforcing the rules about not letting Quality Control personnel actively participate in voluntary practices and weight lifting sessions. And maybe they will give up a token schlorship. Big whup!

All in all there isn't much there outside of a few very minor transgressions. The Detroit Free Press was trying to make this out to be a huge multi year sanction type of offense, however they are stuck looking a bit foolish for yelling Fire in a crowded building when it was simply a couple of guys smoking ciggeretts in a non smoking area.

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2010 8:33 pm
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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2010 7:47 pm

Rich Rod is on the clock

Worst Hire ever, in retrospect.
Has set all the wrong records.
First coach ever to have major infractions accused on the program.
It makes me sick to watch Michigan football get dragged through the mud by former players, and by opponents blasting them off the field.

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2010 7:37 pm

Their is a fork in RR, cause he is done.

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.

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2010 7:23 pm

Rich Rod is on the clock

Michigan knew it was getting a cheater in Rich Rodriguez. I blame the people who hired the shlub.
Just as Indiana knew it was getting a cheater in Kelvin Sampson. I blame the shlubs there who hired him.
When someone has a proven track record (John Callipari is another -- 2 forfeited Final Four appearances?!?!) and you hire him, you're just asking for trouble. And you get what you deserve.
Sorry, Wolverine fan.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2010 7:12 pm

Rich Rod is on the clock

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned / Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.

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