Mountaineer nation received verbal confirmation today of something that it has known for sometime now. Rich Rodriguez has finally openly admitted that leaving the "old gold and blue" for the "maize and blue" was a mistake.
Rich Rodriguez who is from the state of West Virginia, played for West Virginia University and even became the head coach of the WVU football team has admitted that he made a mistake.
It is a relief for a lot of Mountaineer fans that have wondered how he could have left with a clear conscience. For me it is a good sign showing that he has had a lot of time to think about what has happened over the past three or four years at Michigan and his last season at WVU.
Imagine if he would have stayed, he could have possibly led the Mountaineers to their first national title!
There is no evidence showing that he couldn't have accomplished this, after all he lead WVU to a Sugar Bowl win over the Georgia Bulldogs as well as leading them to the Fiesta Bowl even though he did not coach them there.
In the three years since the Fiesta Bowl Rodriguez could have at least made another BCS bowl. And hypothetically speaking with Calvin Magee, Jeff Casteel, Pat White, Noel Devine and Jock Sanders coming back in 2008 I think that he could have done considerably more damage than Bill Stewart did in 2008, even possibly making another run at a national title.
As for reality, I am glad to hear that he acknowledges a very human mistake that I feel many of us would have made and I look forward to reading your comments.