The NCAA Witch Hunt for Coach Rich Rodriguez Continues

RG YohoCorrespondent IApril 13, 2010

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 24:  Head Coach Rich Rodriguez of the Michigan Wolverines looks on while playing the Penn State Nittany Lions on October 24, 2009 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Penn State won the game 35-10.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Let’s be clear about one thing: I despise Rich Rodriguez.

I will not go into the specifics, except to say that I could easily write two or three columns on the man’s total lack of character. And as a long-time Mountaineer fan, someone who rooted for the former walk-on, when Coach Nehlen was kind enough to grant Rodriguez a scholarship, I have absolutely no use for the man whatsoever.

However, I think the NCAA is involved in an absolutely pointless witch hunt to find some kind of deliberate NCAA violations to pin on the donkey.

It is my understanding that the NCAA’s investigation of Rich’s alleged infractions took them to Morgantown, to probe his lack of compliance there, involving practice schedules or football-specific rules violations.

I believe some of the deep-pocketed boosters of Wolverine football have placed Rich Rodriguez on their dance card. Therefore, they will do anything in their power to run him off, even if it requires them to get him on some trumped-up charges.

By the way, did I mention that I don’t particularly care for Rich Rodriguez?

However, why are the fools at the NCAA going after Rodriguez with all of their power and venom, while they have completely allowed Southern Cal and Coach Pete Carroll to get off scot-free in their infractions regarding former Trojan, Reggie Bush?

I am certainly not naïve here; I believe Rich probably violated some tenets of the NCAA in his actions with the Michigan football program. However, despite my lack of respect for this disloyal, money-grubbing, deceitful Mountaineer reject, I do not believe his actions merit any sanctions for the program or his removal as Michigan head coach.

Something definitely stinks here!

Underneath the surface, there are circumstances here that certainly have nothing to do with fair USC and at Michigan.

Wealthy, influential donors and multi-million dollar television contracts are keeping the phony NCAA investigators at bay, in regards to the violations of Southern Cal; moreover, I think it is precisely these same type of wealthy, influential donors and multi-million dollar television contracts that are targeting Coach Rodriguez in Ann Arbor.

Does Rodriguez deserve to be fired for this lack of success on the gridiron? Possibly.

But does this pathetic individual deserve to be run off because of NCAA infractions? Not at this time.

In addition, there should be no further investigations of Coach Rodriguez until the NCAA comes clean with the public regarding their moth-balled, phony, years-old cold-case involving USC and Reggie Bush.

It’s definitely time for people to come clean here.

But the people who really need to come clean are the hypocrites at the NCAA, not Rich Rodriguez.

Until the NCAA finally and completely exposes the corruption involving Coach Pete Carroll and USC’s football program, then they should immediately suspend their shady witch hunt against Coach Rich Rodriguez.

It is absolutely ridiculous for the stuffed suits at the NCAA to act like they are protecting the integrity of collegiate athletics until they make everybody abide by the rules, the winners and the losers.

Even Rich Rodriguez deserves a fair shake.

Oh, did I mention that I don’t particularly care for the man?