Blog Entry

Arizona replaces Sgt. Hulka with ... Rich Rod

Posted on: November 21, 2011 5:57 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2011 12:22 pm

CBS Sports Network loses an analyst. Arizona gets a future.

That’s my first impression after hearing that Rich Rodriguez is taking the Arizona job. Just about the perfect hire. Rich Rod is hungry and wants to prove himself after the Michigan detour. Arizona needs to be revitalized. Rodriguez needs a job.

In short, Rich Rodriguez fits in Tucson. It is a laidback town, one of those big-little towns that isn’t pretentious. Larger than Morgantown, not as tradition-bound as Ann Arbor. In terms of sideline demeanor, Rodriguez is the antithesis of Mike Stoops. Arizona just traded Sgt. Hulka for this guy. 

That’s motivation.

Let’s be honest: Both sides needed rejuvenation. The Michigan thing just didn’t work out. Stoops had worn out his welcome. This just made Arizona matter again.

You can believe Rich Rod will attract top quarterbacks. No word on who he’ll get as defensive coordinator, but you can be sure Wildcat football will be exciting again. This is a new era in the Pac-12 and for the only team in the old Pac-10 never to play in the Rose Bowl, this is a home run.



Category: NCAAF

Since: Aug 30, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 8:08 am

Arizona replaces Sgt. Hulka with ... Rich Rod

This is a great hire! Rich Rod will do well in Arizona.

Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 7:26 am

Arizona replaces Sgt. Hulka with ... Rich Rod

When Michigan hired Rodriguez, I knew immediately that it wouldn't work. Michigan is old school when it comes to their offensive philosophy...three yards and a cloud of dust. Actually, the entire Big Ten is that way which is why I find their games extremely boring. It's also the reason they can't compete with quicker, more athletic teams. So IMO, RichRod was doomed to fail right from the start at Michigan. Arizona is a much better fit, and he'll be able to recruit the speed and athletes he needs for his style to succeed. It's a well known fact that the best high school players hail from Texas, Florida, AND California so he should be able to get some really good studs from that whole Cali/Southwest region. I don't see them ever being able to compete with USC or Oregon, but he will make them a lot better. I have no doubt about that...

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2011 3:34 am

Arizona replaces Sgt. Hulka with ... Rich Rod

Okay, here's one of your public declarations we can all see.  If this one works out, all for the better for Rodriguez.  But if he ends up on your hit seat list in a few years, we expect you to publicly admit you were wrong, plain and simple.  Can you do that, instead of slipping into your normal amnesiac self when you forget all about all your previous declarations about the future which were wrong?

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:39 am

Arizona replaces Sgt. Hulka with ... Rich Rod

Hey ....I was being niceLaughing

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2011 11:31 pm

Arizona replaces Sgt. Hulka with ... Rich Rod

Rich's outright arrogance and cocksuredness is his downfall. A baboon could have won at least eight games with the Michigan team he inherited. But no, it was more about showing the world his "system" was superior. The results speak for themselves. The best example of his genius was at West Virginia. The Mountaineers were a stone cold lock for the BCS championship game with one game left. WVU was a 28 point favorite at home against a woeful Pitt team. It was the biggest point spread in the history of the backyard brawl. Pitt was just awful that year. The Panthers won 13-9. It was the single biggest choke in NCAA coaching history. Pitt players boasted after the game that they knew every play just by the set. Obviously they did. Rod was so arrogant, he had no "Plan B". He made no halftime adjustments. Nothing. He just kept running the same plays, over and over. Pat White was a superstar while at WVU. However, if not for an injury to Adam Bednarik (yeah, look that one up), White would have never gotten to play. The genius that is Rich Rod had named Bednarik the starter over White. In a nutshell the greatest part of Rod's success at WVU was attributable to stumbling over Pat White and Steve Slaton. The years before they arrived were not good. WVU is still trying to recover from the damage of the Rich Rod years. It will take time to recruit normal sized players, particularly offensive linemen. Rod recruits with a stop watch and nothing else. Finally, Rich Rod is a tyrant, and pretty ruthless with his players. To say he wasn't loved by many of his former players is an understatement. Desperate hire by Arizona. Mike Leach has a far better system than Rich Rod.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 11:23 pm

Great hire

This is great for both sides.  RR won't have a bitter shadow of an ex-coach being given an office in the football building and using it to undermine his tenure at AZ.  He probably won't have a pizza guy who used to play football kissing the butts of the disenfranchised from the AD's office, either.  I'm also guessing that nobody in the Athletic Department will set up a non-compliant system, hope it gets by as "business as usual," and call the local newspaper about it after a few months.
Hopefully, RR will finally get a chance to perform in a strong conference in an area where there are plenty of fast athletes for him to recruit, and former AZ players and coaches probably won't be telling the local HS coaches to dissuade recruits from signing with his team.  Also, it should be a lot easier to "rebuild" since the outgoing coach won't be offering transfers to everyone on the team.   
This will be a great fit, and I would expect to see some results within two years.  I also hope he gets an ironclad guarantee of five years, and that the admissions department allows his recruits to be admitted into school.  
RR will really only have to do two things differently than he did at Michigan, and his tenure will work out fine.  First of all, he needs to understand the media for what they really are and restrict access to players.  Secondly, he needs to hire a very good DC and get the bleep out of the way.  Everything else will work itself out.

Congrats to RR; he deserved a lot better than what he got in his last coaching job.  I hope he gets great support at Arizona.

Since: Sep 10, 2010
Posted on: November 21, 2011 10:55 pm

Arizona replaces Sgt. Hulka with ... Rich Rod

I concur, buckeyezane is truly sorry, like TOSU's 2009-2011 edition of the football program. Wink

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 10:22 pm

Arizona replaces Sgt. Hulka with ... Rich Rod

Yea,i think its funny.I never heard of Horse Head Hoke anyway.THATS ALL THE COULD GET,and i like his AARP coaching Staff.

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 10:15 pm

Arizona replaces Sgt. Hulka with ... Rich Rod

He hired the wrong DC his 2nd year in,and it killed him.But at Michigan you have 8 different groups of people that try to Coach the Team.The Detroit Free Press Hates any thing Michigan does.period.I had one of their reporters tell me this why he was talking to me about Rich.Hell,you still have people up there that think Bo is still alive.Thats why about 3 Big Time Coaches wanted not part of that Mess.Rich was to forward thinking for them.The still want that 3 yards and a cloud of Dust BS.Rich left them with some Great Offense players,and they didn't want him to come back and suceed with them,then they would be stuck with Him.Michigan still living in the 70's

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2011 10:08 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or