Coach Tony Gibson Defends Coach Rich Rodriguez

The WolverineCorrespondent ISeptember 4, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Rich Rodriguez of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on September 27, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Tony Gibson was a recent guest on the Michigan football coach's show and had the following to say about Coach Rodriguez:

“Some of the allegations people say about us, especially about coach Rodriguez, I played for him in 1991 and I know back then I played for him for four years,” Gibson said, referring to Rodriguez’s stint as the coach at Glenville (W. Va.) State.

“He changed my life. It is difficult, it’s hard to sit back and watch what I know he does for his players, his coaches, his family his staff’s families and the work he puts in. The false things come up, people say we’re not a family, we’re not this and we’ve heard so many things and that’s the furthest from the truth as anything I’ve ever heard".

"My father passed away when I was playing for coach and Rodriguez and another coach drove 4 ½ hours to my dad’s funeral. There’s just so many things he does for his staff, for his players and he’s saved a lot of people. I know we talk about it all the time as a staff. That’s our job. He’s done it really well for the past 20 years and I wouldn’t want to work for anybody else in the country.”