After a tumultuous start in Ann Arbor, Rich Rodriguez has solidifed himself as the best coach in the Big Ten and perhaps the country.
In his first season, Rodriguez stumbled through an embarassing and unprecedented 3-9 season. His second season at the helm showed minimal progress with a 5-7 record. Coupled with allegations of NCAA rules violations, many wondered if Rodriguez would get a 3rd year to make his turnaround.
Well, those voices of doubt have now been silenced. After a 10-3 season in 2011, capped off by back to back victories over rival OSU and a bowl win over Texas in the Nokia Sugar Bowl; Rodriguez's Wolverines are 12-0 and headed to the BCS Championship game vs. 12-0 Alabama this year.
Led by Heisman front-runner QB Tate Forcier and standout RB Vincent Smith (1670 rushing yards, 21 TD's), the Wolverines carry the nation's best offense and 7th ranked defense to meet the Crimson Tide.
Michigan, led by their explosive offense and tenacious defense, is heavily favored over Alabama.
To quote Bo Schembechler: "Those who stay will be champions". Well, those who stayed with Coach Rodriguez are whistling that same sentiment today. Michigan already has the top rated recruiting class in the nation headed into 2013 and should be the pre-season #1 again.
On a side note, OSU coach Jim Tressel is on the hot seat after back-to-back 7-5 seasons and 3 straight losses to his bitter rival up north. Also, former Buckeye Justin Boren was cut from the Detroit Lions today. Lions coach Jim Schwartz stated, "We will reall blew it when we picked him up. I've never seen a lazier player in all my time in the NFL. I award him no points and may God have mercy on his soul."
Other national notes:
Charlie Weis has been hired as the new Head Coach for struggling Vanderbilt.
Brian Kelly has been fired from ND after 3 sraight 6-6 seasons.
-Detroit Free Press, November 23, 2012