Not sure if anyone caught this, or if they really care, but Rodriguez aparently still retains some of his "guy in a wizard hat selling snake oil" powers of yore.
J.T. Washington a three star Athlete (aka mini-mite RB) from Florida flipped this morning from West Virginia to Arizona. Washington had been committed to WVU since last summer.
I guess it wasn't enough to just lure a few coaches away. Nice to see Rich still making friends and influencing people in the lovely state of West Virginia.
OT: Rich Rodriguez lands mobile QB from TX plus 3 good LBs (PLEASE DELETE WITH MALICE AFORETHOUGHT THANKS)
After nailing down his new staff last week, former UM coach Rodriguez appears to have secured 3 decent LB commits to Arizona, plus a backup QB for returning Matt Scott.
The new quarterback recruit for Arizona is unranked mobile QB Javelle Allen from TX. Offers from Indiana, Ark State, NM State and Utah State not that exciting, but he does looks like another everybody-says-he-should-be-playing-DB someplace-gamebreaker that Rodriguez has been famous for these past several years.
Arizona's days at 11th in PAC-12 league rushing are probably over.
Am I the only one who had a sour taste in his mouth after listening to Desmond Howard's remarks at the football bust last night? Howard went out of his way to comment on the Rodriguez era, clearly indicating that Rodriguez was a mistake -- he seemed to want to compare the hiring of Rodriguez to New Coke.
Now I was ambivalent about the whole spread option thing myself. I know a lot of well-meaning people were frustrated with RichRod, and Hoke's successes leave them feeling vindicated. But if we're being fair I think we have to agree that Rodriguez got some tough breaks (The Freep Jihad) and more to the point, the football bust is a time to celebrate this year, not dwell on the past. Desmond Howard has ample opportunity to criticize prior coaches and it is his right to do so, but last night was not the time or the place.
I was looking at the Arizona Wildcats football page to see how they spin their new staff's tenure at Michigan. So far RR has hired MaGee, Gibson, Dews, and Smith who were all at WVU and UM. They list RR's Wolverine record as 15-22, which is correct. However, they make no mention of the 2011 Gator Bowl. For the assistants they actually list the bowl history of each and each list omits the 2011 Gator Bowl. John Bacon also claimed the coaching staff received no rings for the Gator Bowl, contrary to custom.
Did the 2011 Gator Bowl really happen? Did Dave Brandon create an alternate reality future so that he could avoid the higher buyout AND avoid buying jewelry?
What is going on here?
In addition to a potential game with Arizona (if yesterday's gossip is true), we could potentially see RichRod go up against Ron English (as the coach of ASU) in that state, according to speculation here:
Good for English -- he has come a long way at EMU.
New Arizona head football coach Rich Rodriguez received an interesting welcome from the city's weekly newspaper. The story can be found here.
The article claims that:
Rodriguez's record is terrible—when it comes to ethics, if not on the football field. At West Virginia University, he skipped town for greener pastures shortly after signing a new contract. His December 2007 departure was so ugly that he didn't even bother to coach his team in their January 2008 bowl game. West Virginia wound up suing Rodriguez for breach of contract—and eventually got all the money it sought in a settlement.
What did Rodriguez do at his next stop, the University of Michigan? He violated several major NCAA rules. When players came forward to discuss the violations—which included Rodriguez and his staff making players practice longer than the rules allow—he denied he was in the wrong. "We go by the rules," Rodriguez said.
Later, the university admitted to the rules violations.
Now, after those disgraceful activities, he's the new UA football coach, with a five-year, $9.55 million contract—with incentives beyond that.
In making this hire, UA athletic director Greg Byrne proved the above point: At the UA, money and winning are apparently more important than academics, fairness and ethics.
For anyone who has sniffed Three and Out, this letter from the editor seems especially absurd. It really demonstrates the power of the media over the masses--and the power of the media within itself. It's a shame that Rodriguez is being welcomed in this fashion. Most of us know him as the coach who lost big at Michigan, but we also know him as a good guy who cared greatly about his players.