The recent Rich-Rod timeline sees a trend of good, then bad. His 7-year run as head coach of West Virginia from 2001-2007 was the good. He was twice named Big East Coach of the Year (2003 & 2005). He won four Big East championships (2003-2005, 2007). During the 2007 season the Mountaineers were ranked as high as #2 in the BCS and #1 in the Coach’s Poll, the highest ever for the program. His overall record in Morgantown was 60-26.
The bad was the departure from West Virginia and the ensuing three years in the “Big House” up in Ann Arbor, MI as the head man of the Wolverines football program. An ugly lawsuit between he and West Virginia resulted in Michigan paying $2.5 million and Rodriguez paying the other $1.5 million to satisfy the settlement over him leaving after recently signing a contract extension.
As bad as the divorce with West Virginia was, his time in charge of the maize & blue wasn’t much better. In his three seasons Michigan finished above .500 once, barely at 7-6. His overall record was 15-22. Players transferred from the school due to disagreements with him, one went to Ohio State. You know that didn’t sit well in the state of Michigan. Then there were the rules violations found by the NCAA that Rich-Rod and his staff didn’t adequately track practice/work out time and adhere to practice time rules.
If you believe in patterns, then his next venture should be good right? That next venture will see him move up to the broadcast booth for the CBS Sports Network as a game and studio analyst. He will be partnered by Dave Ryan for coverage of the Mountain West, Conference USA, and the Army/Navy game.
Network president David Berson released the following statement on the Rodriguez hiring:
“Rich is an accomplished, well-recognized coach with a wealth of knowledge about the game. Rich was an integral part of our Signing Day and draft coverage. We are excited to add him to our already strong lineup of football talent and look forward to showcasing his analysis and insights during the upcoming season.”
After a forgettable past three years Rodriguez could use something good to happen for him and this might be his opportunity. A change of scenery didn’t treat him well going from the Big East to the Big Ten. Maybe a change from the sidelines up to the booth will serve him better.
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