Has any football coach in America been under the microscope so soon out of the gate as Coach Rodriguez?
Has any coach endured more ongoing press scrutiny? Up here in the Midwest it's celebrated; in SEC country they fire reporters for wearing hats to pressers!
Has any coach had more equivocal alumni support, where even supporters (at times, myself included) preface even the faintest of praise with a "Yes, but...?"
So as I was sitting in the stands during the game yesterday, there was no one I felt better for than Coach Rodriguez. (Pregame, I was too busy crying in support of Brock Mealer).
One game does not a season make, but who among us yesterday didn't see the flashes of an offense that is beyond exciting? That when executed by players who understand it, have practiced it, and have the skills to do it, appears unstoppable.
I have written here a few times of this season being the Revenge Tour. The opening date was the home re-dedication, and it couldn't have gone better.
Next week, Coach Rodriguez takes the team to South Bend. (Or as the UMMB played during halftime, gets the band back together. For a Revenge Tour?)
There will certainly be rough spots ahead. Right now I say: "Hail, RichRod!"
I watched his post-game news conference video. I stopped it right here. When have we seen Coach Rodriguez like this after a game during his tenure?
It's about time.