Trouble In The Big House: Rich Rodriguez On The Hot Seat
Nothing makes me happier then to watch someone fail who thinks they're all that and a bag of potato chips by being a sell out to the people who were loyal to them. This is exactly why as much as I dislike Ohio State because of their continuous unwarranted BCS Bowl Game appearances, I was rooting for them to beat the living pulp out of Michigan.
Rich Rodriguez had a very successful program that he was growing in West Virginia. It had become a football powerhouse just as it had been in years past. The hard working blue collar people of West Virginia were not just robbed of their football team that they root for. They were sold out by Rich Rodriguez as he repeatedly said that he was not going anywhere at the end of the season and he's certainly not going to Michigan. See he was wrong with both of these statements. He DID leave the program before the end of the season bowl game, and he DID go to Michigan.
He went to Michigan because he thought he was too good for West Virginia and their fans. He wanted to coach for a "real" football program against real competition, not some little West Virginia Program, which is was certainly not. He wanted to go to where the glamor of the lights, cameras, and great history were.When he left it created a dispute between him and the university with respect to the buyout clause and who owed what money. It was a complete mess.
Bill Stewart took over the reigns as interim head coach for the BCS Fiesta Bowl game and lead West Virginia to a huge upset over #3 Oklahoma 48-28. It was that victory that might have caused the quick decision to hire him as the full time head coach. Some might say it was the emotion of the huge victory, but it was actually the correct decision. Bill Stewart has had a great record of 17-7 with consecutive bowl victories. The Fiesta Bowl win over Oklahoma 48-28, and the Meineke Car Care Bowl win against the Tar Heels 31-30.
In his first two years as the Wolverine's Head Football Coach, Rodriguez has gone an abysmal 8-16 by finishing 9th and 10th in the Big Ten. That is an overall winning percentage of .333. He tried to come to this big time program and show that he was big time, and the man in charge by implementing his infamous spread zone read offense. This caused problems with many Michigan football players. Rodriguez had to get the right people to run this type of offense. He had the right type of personnel at West Virginia.
True freshman Tate Forcier is not the answer. He started the season like a bat out of hell and since has come back down to earth. I think that Denard Robinson is the answer for Michigan at the QB spot. He's not just a runner. Although that is what Rodriguez uses him as 99% of the time, so the defense knows what is coming when he steps on the field. He can also throw the ball very well.
So while he was a sell out and left town for The Big House in Ann Arbor Michigan and has failed, West Virginia has moved on without him with great success. I hate to say it because it is a well overused cliche, but, the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence. He has gotten what he deserves, as justice, has been served.
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