Rich Rodriguez: The Best Michigan Coach EVER

Forrest KobayashiSenior Analyst IDecember 16, 2007

IconSo I got your attention with that headline, huh?

"Best Coach Ever" may be a little extreme—but I do believe that Rich Rodriguez has the ability to bring Michigan football to a level that Lloyd Carr could never maintain.

Rich Rodriguez will actually beat Ohio State. Multiple times, in fact.

Wow, did I just say that?

And yes, that would be a new level for a program that has underachieved against its main rival in recent seasons.

But that's not the only reason I like Rodriguez as the head man in Michigan...

1. The spread offense is "in style."

Scrap Carr's pro set and install a quick-strike spread offense led by quick running back Kevin Grady?

Sounds like a good plan to me.

I don't expect the Michigan O to become an air-raid attack like Mike Leach's at Texas Tech or June Jones' at Hawaii—but Rodriguez's "controllable spread" (yes, I just made that term up) should make for a good contrast in the smashmouth Big Ten.

2. Rodriguez knows how to win, and is a stellar game-planner.

Rodriguez makes sure that his football team is prepared each and every week (the Pittsburgh game is his mulligan). He's also a football mastermind.

Rodriguez went 32-5 the last three seasons at WVU. Look for him to continue those winning ways as he transitions from the Big East to the Big Ten.

3. Rodriguez has an appreciation for the tradition of Michigan football.

There are 100,000 angry people in Morgantown, WV tonight calling Rich Rodriguez a liar for committing to his alma mater before jumping ship.

But you have to appreciate a coach who can understand the TRADITION behind Michigan football.

Hello—it's the all-time winningest program in college football, with one of the biggest alumni bases in the country.

What more do you want, Greg Schiano? What more do you want, Les Miles?

In the end, Michigan got a great football coach, and Wolverines fans should be very pleased with the outcome.

A National Championship isn't too far out of sight.