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Well, good luck to him. I actually believe that, with the right staff, he would make an impact in the Pac-12.
that I won't have to hear this meme rehearsed too many more thousands of times. The notion that anyone who got as far as RR has not caring about D is ludicrous. Read Bacon; follow what happened for Cripes' sake. He had a GREAT D coordinator in Casteel. He tried to get him here twice. Crikey.
Did the Arizona AD read 3 and Out because he should have?
Anyone want to bet RR pulls out the monkey from the Lion King story about his defense and his time in Ann Arbor?
I wonder if our Pitt transfers are now headed out west.
Here's hoping you become the new power in the Pac 12.
I really wish him the best of luck at Arizona. There is lots of talent out west that he can use.
For his sake he should not hire Tony Gibson because he gets minus all if the points.
A lot of talent, but unfortunately the resources at Arizona aren't great. Until the athletic department steps up its facilities, RR could have some trouble.
With that said, I wish him the best of luck. If he has any assemblance of a defense there, he will do well. Having only to compete with USC in the PAC-12 South will give him a chance to make a BCS bowl in the future.
He did ok with limited resources at WVU.
WVU actually has excellent facilities. Football is king there.
If you read three and out you would have read about the field at salem college that had no grass. Besides, most recruits in ncaa 12 have athletic facilities at very low or least in the interest scale.
Best of luck to Coach R. Hope we meet you again in a bowl someday.
Seems like nothing will come of that but hurt feelings.
It depends on the bowl game.
That would make one HELL of a Rose Bowl.
and I'm happy for him. I'll be rooting for him
Fuck. I can't root for him now. Go Devils!
Go Devils as well. I wish he went anywhere but U of A. Oh well, goodluck except when you play ASU.
I think you mean Go Wildcats!
I'm really glad RR landed at a D1 job with a team I have no problem rooting for. We will never face them outside of the Rose Bowl, and I've never had an interest in the Pac 12 before now. I finally have a team to watch for in the late games.
They are reffering to the instate rivalry.
Good luck to RR. I wish him the best, no hard feelings, k?
First time I've heard about this!!
Can't wait for a Michigan v. Arizona Rose Bowl!
I think it'd be really fun if Arizona eventually deployed a high flying spread offense like Oregon and the two duked it out year in and year out in the Pac-12. Looks like I've got a 2nd team to cheer for!
think they won't??
have a Phil Knight?
no but they have a Phil Mickelson.... not that it's anywhere on the same $$$$$ level.
I predict in his opening press conference he will predict that Rhett will be the future quarterback at Arizona. :-)
I hope he does great out there and that he can get U of A to the Rose Bowl!
For some reason, I think I am permanately scarred from the defenses of RR, and I just cant possibly see him having a good team at AZ.... I will definitely root for him, but I just have nightmares of the beaver stuffed animal in Demen's face...
(However, I'm sure he will do fine there and have some great seasons... Good Luck RR!)
It is also now posted on the University of Arizona, Football website. News conference set for tomorrow. Wish him luck.
You totally could have started a thread with this information..........
Big fan of this move by both parties. Good luck to RR. Im going to enjoy watching Arizona develop into force out in the PAC 12.
If the timeline had been a bit different, maybe it could have even been a QBForce.
I hope he has a happy and stress free time there
If/When he gets that program going, Oregon vs. Arizona will be a fun game to watch.
Is he immediately taking over? Like, he's the coach this upcoming Saturday?
My hunch is no, but it allows Arizona to hit the ground running for recruiting purposes. He gets brought in before the end of the season, recruits know who their coach will be = better chance of class continuity.
What would he accomplish Saturday by standing on the sidelines clueless about the current offense/defense and coaching the team???
Well, I suppose that worked for Paterno.
I really did like him, not as a coach so much, but maybe as like a guy I would want my dad to be friends with.
Arizona is a great program for him. He'll have time to build a program there without the pressures that a place like UM will bring. Plus if he can crack the California and Texas recruiting scenes he can build Arizona into strong program. Great move U of A. His kids should enjoy it out there too.
good luck rich rod, good move by Arizona because Rod is still a great offensive mind. hopefully for his sake he has a defense.
Arizona has still never played in the Rose Bowl, right? Here's hoping we're there as well the first time he takes them.
I wonder who his DC will be...
Annnnnnd we beat the ever living shit out of them if it happens.
No offense, Rich, but, well, Go Blue and all that.
to go to the practice after the Illinois game last year. I went to the practice because I had a meeting with Coach Rod after it was over. We talked in his office for about two hours. He was an awesome guy that just wanted time to get the team ready. I believe he will do good out there. Best of luck to him out there.
Are you a player, reporter, friend?
none of the above. I met some people at lasts years Illinois game that knew him. I was in the military and recieved the purple heart. I presented the purple heart to him to give to the team for all the wounds they were taking in there battles.
Thanks for your service and sacrifice. You are a better man than I could hope to be.
Thank you. No matter how many times people thank me for it, it still means a lot.
Are you a player, reporter, friend?
EDIT: Damn, now after seeing your response I feel like a dick. Good for you, and thank you for your service. I'll leave my comment up to get negged like I deserve.
to neg you. If I had enough points, I would have voted it funny. It took me a minute, then I realized what was said then I busted up laughing.
to "bear down (https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Bear_Down )".
Nice guy. Truly wish him the best.
Wow, congrats to Coach Rod and Arizona!
Like someone else said above, I now have a second team to follow.
Anyone know of any good Arizona football blogs?
It'll be fun to watch RR take on Chip Kelly. Time to put my money where my mouth is.... Arizona is now my 2nd fav team.
Has he learned anything yet about forming a defensive staff? Time will tell. If he brings Gibson over, that will not be a good sign.
I wouldn't be surprised if Barwis eventually ends up there.
Barwis isn't going anywhere. I just talked to him the other day and he is very happy in the area. He is opening more gyms and having great success here in Michigan. I am hoping he opens a gym in GR. I have some buddies who would love to get down on some Bariws Beach.
He tweeted that he is indeed opening a gym in GR a while ago. I think it opens in February.
Just get yourself a DC coach, and you'll be just fine
And just to review, GERG is not a DC. He's a scourge on any football team that is made up of people who don't make millions of dollars to make you look good.
"He's a scourge on any football team that is made up of people who don't make millions of dollars to make you look good."
He was also a scourge on some teams made up of people who DID make millions of dollars to make him look good. Just talk to any Kansas City Chiefs fan (like my neighbor) and they'll fill your ears for an hour about how awful his defenses were in KC.
Still shaking my head over RR's decision there.
No worries, they don't play defense in the Pac-12.
Tell Barwis to start packing the wolves for the trip out west.
I am happy for Rich. I hope he has much success at Arizona. Wrong fit for Michigan, but great coach and person. I am very happy we have Coach Hoke, almost brings a tear to my eye when I see him on the sidlines, perfect fit for Michigan.
Ok, now I know who my second favorite team is not....
Best of luck Rich Rodriguez...
...but keep away from Chuck Heater the DC at Temple..k...
.... look at that smile; it's great to see him happy...
And to think some on this board last week said that Tulane was the best he could do!
He will put some real offense into the Pac 12; Stanford is about to trend toward the mean and Oregon should go on probation soon.
And right now, on the Arizona Wildcats athletics website, there is a great picture of RichRod, announcing the news conference tomorrow. Here it is, with a slight annotation:
As an Arizona student and close (an underestimate) follower of Michigan football, I am ecstatic about this hire.
peanut butter jelly time in Arizona. God bless 'em.
It always is in the beginning.
Most of us were pretty unsatisfied with the Hoke hire initially.
A vocal minority on this blog were dissatisfied with the hoke hire. Most alum were ecstatic, including many former players.
to Ohio gets done, and the NCAA goes all toothless or wrist slappy on final sanctions, how hard will it be for Hoke to recruit versus say a Harbaugh or Miles, or another well known coach?
Given the bumper crop of recruits (which was a known factor) and the disarray at Ohio (which was not known at the time of Hoke's hire) the sledding has been a little easier this year. Hopefully this is enough of a jumpstart to get them established. Hopefully the NCAA lands USC like sanctions on them and / or Meyer decides to stay on the bench. Otherwise the initial gamble of hiring Brady-who? may be a competitive problem on the recruiting trail (especially given how tough our road schedule is next year).
Can you provide us with a good blog for AU football? Congrats on your new coach. Hope he kicks ass in the PAC 12.
but RR's first game with UA will be against Toledo.
I kid you not.
with second chances. Best of luck in that first game and getting a jump on Recruiting.
Then again, he won't have Sheridan or Threet under center ... that's got to count for something.
Everybody hide your recruits..its that guy in the wizard hat..hes back
Add his snake oil to the list of things to bring
I liked Rich Rod alot and wish him lots of luck in Arizona...Thanks to him we have the a great group of kids who are kicking butt on Saturday... He deserves some credit for Michigan's success....He will always be a Michigan Man in my eyes. Just get a good defense and you'll be OK.
Here's to many years of beating USC. Best of luck.
I'm glad Rich Rodriguez is back coaching at a BCS school. However, I wish he would have waited a bit longer and surveyed some of the other potential opennings. I can't imagine that the North Carolina job won't be available at the end of the year, along with Arizona State (a better job than UofA - but I'll get there in a moment), Penn State (even with the whole mess still has a ton in place), and others with the possibility of being open such as NC State, UCLA, and I still can't say for sure that UGA wont' do something all SEC and fire Richt if they don't win the SEC championship (yes even if that means they have to beat a #1 ranked team - it's the SEC, that's how they do things).
Tucson is not a great place to try to recruit kids too, the facilities are lacking, and the support is kind of non-existant. At least ASU has Phoenix, some national noteriety, and actually has been to a Rose Bowl occassionally (though it's been well over a decade). North Carolina, if/when it comes open is a sleeping giant, and with the right coaching, could dominate the ACC. Plus, I think Rodriguez did pretty well their coaching offense while the OC at Clemson. Just seems like he might have rushed to taking this job.
Of course, there isn't a lot of pressure at this position, as Mike Stoops was given eight years despite proving they were going nowhere after four seasons. So this would be a nice change from Michigan in terms of fractured fan base/athletic department and expectations. However, he'll have less support in Tucson than he ever had in Morgantown, and a HUGE step down in facilities from the Michigan he left (and even compared to the one he inherited).
That all being said, I think he was a good guy, a class act, and deserved better at Michigan. Still might not have worked out, but I wish him the best of luck, and might make the drive down to see a game when my fall sports season is finished.
Obviously it won't happen, but it would be nice to be able to cheer for both of them at the same time. So many good memories (awful ones too) ... but that ND game will be with me forever.
Wonder if Tate can pull a Threet and double transfer. How does that work with eligibility since he hasn't played for San Jose State yet? (It would be a big boost for Rich's 1st year if that could happen.)
As luck would have it, I learned of the RR to AZ rumor late this afternoon, just as I was preparing to go to a book signing event with John U. Bacon hosted by the UM Alumni Association of Cleveland. When he walked into the room (I was there fairly early), I asked him right away "what do you think about the RichRod to Arizona rumor." He held up his iPhone and said "its no rumor. I just got a text from RR's sister." It was 6:45 or so, before the public announcement.
I wish the best to RR and hope he gets a top notch defensive coordinator and some good advice about whatever the heck it takes to be an Arizona man.
John Bacon was as entertaining and good in person as he always is on film and in print. I understand that he has another Q and A coming up on MGoBlog some time after the game this weekend. I'm looking forward to it.
Isn't the Arizona football program similar to Indiana or Kansas, a school know primarily as a basketball school? Granted, they have not been quite as bad at football at those two schools, and while I think he will have success, it will be a difficult job to pull off. Looking at Arizona's schedule this year, the only conference wins they have are against UCLA (whom they dominated--interesting that those championing Houston point to their squeaking by UCLA as a quality win) and Arizona State. They are 3-8 and all but one of those losses is by 10 or more points.
coordinators, Rich will be dominating the Pac 12 in no time.
Will he bring Greg Robinson?
That is the expression of a man who is minus all the points.
Will Arizona allow him to spend a little cash to get a good defensive coordinator?
What's the over-under on transfers from Pitt to Zona?
Good luck to him. I am happy that he landed another BCS level job and can move on. (Hopefully this will also allow the RR holdouts to move on.)
Tate has eligibility left.Another transfer for Tate perhaps.
I wish him good luck. Seems like a nice guy.
I think 'Zona's lack of tradition and his humbling years here will help him to avoid anything like the fatal overconfidence, to put it as kindly as possible, that he had on arrival in A^2 ("I was like anyone else... I thought, it's Michigan, just roll them out there and you'll win your share.") The lack of pressure on the HC (Stoops gets 8 years?) should be great for RR too.
My prediction is that he's a solid 8-4 within a couple of years, though I don't think he'll ever get to Chip Kelly levels consistently (admittedly that's a high standard).
...but I'm going to guess zero
Fun trivia question:
Who is the last person to be the head coach of Michiagn, and then be the head coach of another school afterward?
didn't he go to Iowa
As AD, not head coach (as a side note, he basically created the golden age of athletics at Iowa, hiring Hayden Frye, Dan Gable, Lute Olson and Tom Davis, Vivian Stringer, and getting their basketball arena built).
I believe the answer is Tad Wieman, who was coach for a couple of years before Kipke, in the 1920s.
correct! Hard to believe... none of us (assume we don't have any 100-year olds amongst us) have EVER watched a former Michigan head football coach take a job somewhere else. However we feel about, it's a brand new thing.
Good for Coach RR!
I wish him well. While he didn't bring us what many had hoped, he did bring in some great players - such as Denard Robinson and many of the younger players who look pretty good right now (with the benefit of great coaching). The two ND victories and that crazy game with Illinois sort of summed his time with us for me. Amazing offense, no defense.
A lot of future post material....
1. Possible UM versus ASU matchups (Rose Bowl and elsewhere)
2. ASU versus Big Ten.
3. Following his progress out there and his relationships with the media, alumni and university.
4. The type of staff he assembles. It will be interesting to see who he gets for DC and what type of defense he runs. Will his defense be better than what he took over?
5. Will his ASU teams reflect his experiences here?
6. There are now two more teams to follow - Ron English and Mike Hart at EMU and RR at ASU.
Plain dealer says he will be in Bristol. Must mean they are keeping him away from a potential conflict of interest
Wish you and your family the best. Hope to see you and your team in the Rose Bowl in 4 years or so!
Can he transition to coach a winner in a great conference? He failed once. The PAC 12 is a far better league then the Big East top to bottom and they have a 9-game league schedule.
This is still a big if in his career. The images of the Fiesta Bowl throttling of Oklahoma are indelible and show what the guy can build on a national scale. People also forget that he was already ex-coach of West Virginia at that point.
Mike Stoops got off to a bad start this year, but had taken them to 3 straight bowl games. It will be interesting to see the level of patience down there if Rich goes the scorched earth route like he did at Michigan.
im happy for rich rod. i hope he succeeds. will be tough at a not so popular school for football in the pac 12 as well. what a downgrade
USC is facing scholarship limitations, UCLA is mired in mediocrity, Colorado is a mess, Utah is adjusting to life in the PAC-12, and Arizona State has underachieved since Erickson's first season(and Erickson is rumored to be on his way out). Arizona has better talent than they've shown, and Rodriguez will get a pass if the defense is terrible for a year or two, as it's been hideous at times this year. I didn't think Rodriguez would get a job this good after his starcrossed time at Michigan. I'm glad to be wrong, and I wish him the best. Bear Down, Rich.
I can only say two words Rich Rodriguez - "Good luck!"
After reading Three and Out, I wish nothing but the best for you and your family sir.
I'm out here in L.A. so hopefully I'll be able to catch a few Arizona games on TV out here. I'll be rooting for him.
I wish him the best of luck.
It will be interesting to see how long it will take for him to get UA to be competitive with USC for the southern division of the PAC. UA will probably give RR several years to rebuild the program. Hopefully he will find a good DC!
Congrats!! Agreed, I now have a second team to follow. I am visiting family in Arizona for Christmas and will be stocking up on Wildcats gear.
Very happy for Rich!
Good Luck, RichRod!
I expect great things from you and your team!
Matt Scott is about to become a star.