Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Year One: Michigan and Rich Rodriguez close out season this weekend

A tough year at Michigan under first year head coach Rich Rodriguez with a 3-9 record and the end of a 33-year bowl streak. Could we see a mass exodus of players this off season from comments made today in the Detroit Free Press?
The Wolverines dismissed a player this week, and now another player has decided to leave the program.

“Jason Kates is not with us, and that’s it right now. There may be more
attrition. We want everyone to make a total commitment to our football program,
especially academically. If they’re not upholding what they have to do
academically and athletically, then really they need to see if this is the spot
for them. And it’s not easy, but a lot of guys have made a tremendous
commitment. A handful maybe haven’t, and we’ll see what happens in the next few
weeks.” - Rich Rodriguez
Things have been tough for Rich Rodriguez in his first year at Michigan, but a story today titled "Yes, fans can go too far, but Rich Rod shouldn't have brought up economy" highlights that the new coach "has a long way to go."

ESPN's L.Z. Ganderson wrote a piece today titled "Rodriguez takes the paycheck … and better take the criticism," which Ganderson suggests "comes with the paycheck."

The Michigan Wolverines (3-9, 2-5 Big Ten) travel to Columbus on Saturday to face rival Ohio State (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten). Welcome to the Big Ten coach Rod.


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