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#1 Tenacious D

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 08:31 PM

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Rodriguez meets with Michigan AD about replacing Carr

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West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez met with Michigan athletic director Bill Martin Friday to talk about the Wolverines' coaching job, according to media reports Friday.

Rodriguez and his agent were in Toledo to talk with Martin and university president Mary Sue Coleman, according to Sporting News Radio, which cited unidentifed sources.

The meeting was confirmed to ESPN's Joe Schad on Friday afternoon by a source close to the situation.

Rodriguez, 44, was back in Morgantown on Friday after taking a flight from Ohio, and unwilling to talk about any possible interest in the Michigan job.

"Going to practice. I'm going to practice," he told the Associated Press Friday, getting into his car after a trip to Toledo.

Michigan, which lured basketball coach John Beilein away from West Virginia last April, is looking for a replacement for football coach Lloyd Carr, who announced his retirement Nov. 19 after 13 seasons.

West Virginia athletic director Ed Pastilong said he was unaware Rodriguez, who has a hefty buyout clause in his contract, was in Toledo.

"He has not shared that with me," Pastilong told The Associated Press.

Pastilong would not say whether West Virginia had given Michigan permission to talk to Rodriguez, citing university policy.

When asked further whether he knew Rodriguez was talking to Michigan, Pastilong said, "Rich has not mentioned anything of that nature to me. Secondly, we have a strong commitment with Rich, a strong contract. We're strongly committed to him and he's strongly committed to us.

"I think it would be unusual that he would be doing that without sharing it with us."

Michigan athletic department spokesman Bruce Madej said he was unaware of any talks.

On the day Carr announced he was stepping down, Martin said he hoped to complete the hiring process quickly.

But LSU's Les Miles withdrew from consideration before he was scheduled to meet with Martin and signed a contract extension with the Tigers.

Rutgers' Greg Schiano said last week after being contacted about the Michigan job that he was staying with the Scarlet Knights.

After a 13-9 loss to Pittsburgh in the regular-season finale knocked West Virginia out of the national championship game, Rodriguez said he wasn't going to be on the move.

"The impact of your name being thrown about is sometimes a little overrated. It probably makes for a lot of angst among families and we don't want that," he said. "Sorry but you all are stuck with me here."

Rodriguez has a 60-26 record at West Virginia. The Big East champion Mountaineers (10-2) play No. 3 Oklahoma (11-2) next month in the Fiesta Bowl.

Last December, Rodriguez agreed to a one-year contract extension through 2013 after he turned down a lucrative offer from Alabama. The extension includes a $4 million buyout clause if he leaves before August 2008. That doubles the amount from the previous contract.

Beilein had a $2.5 million buyout clause in his West Virginia contract, but under an agreement with the university he agreed to pay $1.5 million to the WVU Foundation for leaving for Michigan with five years remaining in his contract. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 08:34 PM

I saw that earlier on ESPN's pre game show
"He asked if his contract was being terminated. I said, 'Yes, it was.'

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 08:36 PM

Didn't you read my post about Les Miles going to meatchicken?

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 08:40 PM

QUOTE(DiggerDog @ Dec 14 2007, 08:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I saw that earlier on ESPN's pre game show

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 08:43 PM

QUOTE(DiggerDog @ Dec 14 2007, 08:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I saw that earlier on ESPN's pre game show


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Posted 14 December 2007 - 08:44 PM

QUOTE(Yossarian @ Dec 14 2007, 08:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Is there nothing you will not lie about?



Your wife isn't a worn out pig?
"He asked if his contract was being terminated. I said, 'Yes, it was.'

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 08:45 PM

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neener neener neener



even though that wasn't my intent, your reply was funny
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Posted 14 December 2007 - 10:35 PM

yeah, dude!!

You're reply was awesome and digger loved it!!

digger is awesome, man!

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 10:58 PM

Damn 4 million buyout.... thats a lot of money, but Im sure Michigan has the cash.

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Posted 15 December 2007 - 10:18 AM

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Damn 4 million buyout.... thats a lot of money, but Im sure Michigan has the cash.

They do, but are they desperate enough now to pry open the wallet?
There are offensive geniuses up and down the block, some real and some like Dan Hawkins, who either can't find a quarterback or doesn't recognize one.

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Posted 15 December 2007 - 10:59 AM

RR is a WVU alum.

I can't see this, so I guess it would probably happen.

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Posted 15 December 2007 - 11:18 AM

I still think that once the NC game is over, Les Miles will be on his way to Ann Arbor.

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 11:55 AM

UM's gotta be targeting a current HC for them to be this quiet for this long. Im not sure I can understand why RR would leave WVU but stranger things have happened.

Maybe UM is doing this to take the heat off of Miles before he gets the hire. laugh.gif

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 01:28 PM

QUOTE(LouisvilleHusker @ Dec 15 2007, 10:59 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
RR is a WVU alum.

I can't see this, so I guess it would probably happen.

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You guessed right.

Rodriguez to Michigan.

http://www.freep.com...6/71216021/1054

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Rich Rodriguez accepts job at U-M

December 16, 2007

By MARK SNYDER

FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER

Michigan has a new football coach.

West Virginia's Rich Rodriguez, who met with U-M president Mary Sue Coleman and athletic director Bill Martin on Friday in Toledo, has accepted the Michigan coaching job, replacing retiring coach Lloyd Carr, the Free Press learned this afternoon.

An officiall announcement is expected at 3 p.m.


According to the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette this afternoon, Rodriguez had a 10-minute meeting with his team, told the 11th-ranked Mountaineers that he was leaving for Michigan and went back to his office.

The players, according to the paper, had little comment but looked “somber-faced.”
Also, the country's top quarterback prospect told Superprep.com this afternoon that Rodriguez had called him with similar news.

“I just spoke to Coach Rodriguez about 10 minutes ago and he told me he is going to Michigan,” the QB, Terrelle Pryor, told Superprep.com. “He said they made him an offer he can't refuse.”

Rodriguez's decision came after nearly two days of pondering Friday's discussion and, according to the Charleston Gazette, two meetings with West Virginia athletic director Ed Pastilong on Saturday.

Although Rodriguez did not comment about the U-M job at his previously scheduled Saturday morning news conference, instead talking about his team's impeding Fiesta Bowl date against Oklahoma, his lack of a denial kept hope alive for many Wolverines fans. Combined with his decision to cancel an afternoon practice, a move seemed possible.

Rodriguez made nearly $1.8 million this season.

A 44-year-old coach who has won at least 10 games in each of the past three seasons, including two BCS bowl trips, seemed to fit many of Martin's criteria.

He recruits the Midwest well, he is young enough that he could be a long-term fixture at U-M and brings the dynamic spread offense that has thrived everywhere he has been as a coordinator (Tulane and Clemson) and a head coach (Glenville State and, since 2001, West Virginia.)

His 60-26 record at West Virginia is sterling, although procuring him appeared costly with a $4 million buyout added in a contract amendment signed in August 2007.

Carr is still expected to coach Michigan in the Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl against ninth-ranked Florida.

Martin attended the Michigan basketball game Saturday but refused comment on anything related to the search, which began officially when Carr announced his retirement on Nov. 19.

Rodriguez's acceptance would brings to an end the long and winding process to replace Carr.

Michigan had reached deep discussions with Rutgers coach Greg Schiano before he pulled out of the race on Dec. 7. There were extensive discussions between LSU coach Les Miles' representatives and U-M. Miles officially spoke to Coleman and Martin on Dec. 7, although released a statement saying it was just in an advisory capacity.

Like Schiano, Rodriguez was in his second major job flirtation in 12 months, having spurned Alabama last December.

Rodriguez also has a tenuous tie to Ann Arbor in his former West Virginia coach Don Nehlen, who was one of Bo Schemebchler's assistants before leaving to build the Mountaineers' program.

There have been 16 Division I-A coaching changes since the regular season ended and Michigan was one of three - UCLA and SMU - that had not been filled.

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 03:37 PM

WVA is headed back in the toilet. I vote Bo makes a call to a certain Noel Devine and offer him a starting job here...
There are offensive geniuses up and down the block, some real and some like Dan Hawkins, who either can't find a quarterback or doesn't recognize one.

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 03:38 PM

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Rodriguez leaving West Virginia to coach Michigan
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Updated: December 16, 2007, 4:23 PM ET

Rich Rodriguez to Become Michigan Head CoachANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan has hired West Virginia's Rich Rodriguez as its next football coach following a search that featured two other top prospects deciding to stay put.

Rodriguez, whose Mountaineers (No. 9 BCS, No. 11 AP) are preparing for their second BCS game in three seasons, will take over Michigan's program from Lloyd Carr, Michigan athletic department spokesman Bruce Madej said Sunday.

"I am thrilled to have Rich Rodriguez as Michigan's new coach," athletic director Bill Martin wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Sunday. "Rich brings an exciting brand of football to Michigan Stadium. We welcome the entire Rodriguez family to Ann Arbor."


Rodriguez, who informed his players at a 1:30 p.m. ET meeting Sunday that he was leaving for Michigan, will formally be introduced by the Wolverines at a news conference on Monday morning at the Junge Family Champions Center on campus.

Rodriguez was extremely emotional in the meeting with his West Virginia players that lasted less than 10 minutes Sunday, a person at the meeting told ESPN. He had difficulty telling his team, "Others have contacted me but this one I had to listen."

A source close to Rodriguez told ESPN that the Michigan deal will average in the range of $2.5 million per year, which would be more than a half-million per year raise from his West Virginia salary.


"The players are upset because he said he's going to leave before the bowl game," James Dykes, the father of West Virginia defensive tackle Keilen Dykes told ESPN's Joe Schad. "At least coach them in the bowl game. James just called to tell us and I know he is very upset about this."

Assistant head coach Bill Stewart and assistant head coach Calvin Magee ran West Virginia's one-hour practice on Sunday. Rodriguez was not present. "We tried to be excited," defensive end Keilen Dykes said. "We're all hurting right now, but we can't cry."

Rodriguez, who has a 60-26 record at West Virginia, led the Mountaineers (10-2) to their fourth Big East title in five seasons.

Carr plans to coach the Wolverines in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1 against No. 9 Florida.

Rodriguez's West Virginia contract, which runs through the 2013 season, has a $4 million buyout clause if he leaves before next September.

When Michigan lured basketball coach John Beilein away from West Virginia last April, Beilein's contract had a $2.5 million buyout clause. Under an agreement with West Virginia, he agreed to pay $1.5 million to the WVU Foundation.

During Michigan's search, LSU's Les Miles and Rutgers' Greg Schiano both said they were staying put at their schools.

Rodriguez met with Martin on Friday to talk about the Wolverines' coaching job.

Rodriguez, 44, was back in Morgantown on Friday after taking a flight from Ohio, and unwilling to talk about any possible interest in the Michigan job.

"Going to practice. I'm going to practice," he told The Associated Press on Friday, getting into his car after a trip to Toledo.

Rodriguez again refused to discuss Michigan's vacant coaching job on Saturday.

At the opening of a previously scheduled news conference about West Virginia's trip to the Fiesta Bowl, Rodriguez said he would only talk about the game against Oklahoma (No. 4 BCS, No. 3 AP).

"It may be disappointing to you, but I am not going to talk about any rumors or innuendo or jobs or what else is floating out there," Rodriguez said.


"I'm not going to address the rumors or anything of that nature," Rodriguez said. "If any questions are asked about that, the press conference will be over."

The questions about Michigan persisted, and Rodriguez fired back.

"You all have not understood what I just said. One more question and this conference, unfortunately, and you all have been super, but if the questions persist outside of that then this thing will be over," he said.

A reporter then asked whether Rodriguez would coach the team in the Fiesta Bowl.

"You're a tricky guy," Rodriguez said.

Some players indicated Rodriguez hadn't spoken to them about Michigan and that they were under orders to keep quiet.

"I'm not supposed to talk about that. I'm sorry," offensive lineman Ryan Stanchek said Saturday.

West Virginia athletic director Ed Pastilong spoke with Rodriguez on Saturday.

"We talked about general issues within the football program," Pastilong told The Charleston Gazette, declining to be more specific.

"He asked if his contract was being terminated. I said, 'Yes, it was.'

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 03:52 PM

So can anyone here see Michigan running the spread option like Rodriguez did at WVU? It's kinda like watching NU in 2004. Just unnatural..
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Posted 16 December 2007 - 03:56 PM

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So can anyone here see Michigan running the spread option like Rodriguez did at WVU? It's kinda like watching NU in 2004. Just unnatural..



As unnatural as it may be, the spread offense just might pay huge dividends against the slow defenses in the Big 11. Not as big as my wife’s super tits, but the dividends would be big enough
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Posted 16 December 2007 - 04:26 PM

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As unnatural as it may be, the spread offense just might pay huge dividends against the slow defenses in the Big 11. Not as big as my wife’s super tits, but the dividends would be big enough

I could see them transitioning to it, but if Rodriguez is as dumb as Cally, you're going to see all 6'8" of Ryan Mallet attempting to run the ball next season. BTW: He runs a 4.8 40, on a good day with the wind REALLY blowing behind him.
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Posted 16 December 2007 - 04:33 PM

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I could see them transitioning to it, but if Rodriguez is as dumb as Cally, you're going to see all 6'8" of Ryan Mallet attempting to run the ball next season. BTW: He runs a 4.8 40, on a good day with the wind REALLY blowing behind him.



I don't think any coach is as dumb as Cally. I really don't see Rodriquez running an offense that isn't conducive to his player’s abilities.
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