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 wants revenge, Ann Arbor.
"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.
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.