In response to the news today, Bigelow manages to bring up RR's defense of Mouton punching ND's Olsen, his recruiting Dorsey-the-criminal, and RR killing baby seals.
AnnArbor.com's Bigelow piles on
"Coombiyah my Lord... coombiyah."
Rich Rodriguez is really an evil foreigner from Columbus trying to ruin Michigan.
That site is a haven for Rich Rod bashing comments.
In Columbus and EL, the local papers shill for the home teams. In Ann Arbor, they try to bury them. I am going to stop now, because if I were to express the true depth of my anger with the press today, it would result in a Hagan-ian meltdown.
Should I feel bad that I thought that said "Haitian"?
How is RR's legal and prudent decision to contest his multimillion dollar buyout as well as his recruitment of a young man who was never convicted of a crime AND deserves a chance in life (regardless of his past wrongdoing)in any way relevant to this story?
As for the Mouton incident, it was, at best, a half punch which glanced off the other guy's facemask - admittedly wrong but hardly a serious incident and again, not particularly relevant to the discussion. People can legitimately disagree regarding Mouton's intent.
I'm surprised he didn't bring up the time RR got into a fight on the playground when he was 5 years old.
Bigelow, stick to the relevant facts, idiot.
What a dirtbag.
Most reporters and non mgoblog bloggers thought RR would come in and instantly win without giving critical thought to why the team was destine to have a sub .500 season or two. This team was in rebuilding mode after the 2007 season and the new coach, RR, should be given a full four years to complete his mission.
Tom Hagan use to be a pro RR alumnus up until this past season. I'm glad he has given up posting here and has become a blight on on the freep and a^2 news sites. I guess some have little or no patience!
It's easier to be a stenographer for the conventional (Freep) wisdom as opposed to actually providing your readers some decent analysis. Decent analysis=TL,DR
I have long felt that the University of Michigan made a tactical blunder of major proportion when they played a game with the damages portion of RichRod's contract with WVU. When Beilein was hired, WVU worked out a deal whereby the contractual damages paid were substantially reduced. I believe U of M attempted to do the same with Rodriguez. It didn't work, and an ugly shit storm ensued. Michigan finally resolved things when Mary Sue was served and was about to be deposed.
It was a calculated move, I would suggest, to save money. Wise, perhaps, from a business perspective, but not very smart in the sense that it brought every possible piece of dirty laundry to the forefront. Everything in RichRod's past was now available for the world to see, and see it they did.
RichRod was painted as a villain, and what we have seen since last August is a direct manifestation of this blunder.
Bigelow and a ton of other people have notions about our coach which are hard to dispel. Being a pragmatist, there is only one thing that will matter, and that is at least seven wins next season.
While i agree with many of you that the violations are a joke, they are violations. I daresay that most major programs, if scrutinized, would be equally guilty of similar infractions. My concern is that Michigan is going to be used as an example.
As to the Freep, I can only hope for their early demise. It will prompt an immediate popping of a cork.