He's always wrong.
Well, maybe that's a bit of an overstatement, but it has become apparent that he has trouble admitting that he is capable of wrongdoing.
Thursday, July 24 at the Big Ten preseason media conference in Chicago, IL Rich Rodriguez took to the podium to make his first public statement since the fiasco in which his new employer (the University of Michigan) agreed to pay his former employer (West Virginia University).
If you need your memory refreshed, check out this article
from the Stars And Slights archives.
As you may recall, Rodriguez claimed that he didn't have to pay West Virginia University even though he had signed a document stating he would do just that if he left the school without their blessing. He eventually admitted that he did, in fact, owe monetary compensation to his former employer, but his current employer stepped up to pay the majority of the buyout clause.
On Thursday Rodriguez claimed that he wanted to say more on the issue but that everyone wanted to move on and that is why the settlement was reached.
"There's a lot of things that I would like to talk about, but I want to move on. That's one of the biggest reasons that everything got settled because I think everybody wanted to move on."
By everybody, he means the University of Michigan. The school was embarrassed by the issue and realized that it needed to take care of the matter before Rodriguez became tied up in the courts. Michigan administrators probably wanted to avoid appearing in court, too, making their decision to reach a settlement increasingly important.
Rodriguez could have left it at that, but he decided to keep running his mouth despite his plea to move on from the issue.
"Am I disappointed with certain things? Sure I am, disappointed in that maybe not all of the things that I thought were truthful had an opportunity to come out to set the record straight on certain situations."
Let me clarify: Rodriguez is a stubborn child. Not all of the things that he thought were truthful had an opportunity to come out? Either he didn't disclose all relevant information to his lawyers or...well, that would be the only possible scenario allowing information to be absent here.
Failing to provide all relevant information in a manner that in some way prevents justice from being served, if my interpretation of the law is correct, would constitute an obstruction of justice.
The record was set straight, Dick. You signed a contract, breached it, and then were forced BY LAW to pay the consequences for your actions.
Behind closed doors Rodriguez has to be thrilled with how everything turned out. Instead of forking over the total $4M bill he has to pay less than half ($1.5M) over a period of several years.
So, if you're reading this, Dick, stop being such a stubborn fool and just do what you were hired to do: coach football.