Rich Rodriguez has had three brutal years at Michigan. Ever since stepping foot on campus, he’s been dogged for what he’s not; a Michigan man. And for what he is; 15-21 overall and 0-3 vs. Ohio St. But nothing has been as painful or embarrassing as last night’s annual banquet. To be fair, I wasn’t there, but I wish I were because this is just too good to be true. While talking about the crushing expectations and pressure of the season, Rodriguez choked up and admitted he’s gone to the iPod for inspiration and to help him cope.
Understandable, in trying times, many of us have bumped tunes to help get us through it or take our minds off what we’re dealing with it. But the music is supposed to make it better not worse, and Rodriguez reached for…Josh Groban. Uh-oh! Not only did he quote lyrics to the Grobes standard “You raise me up” in his speech, he bumped the tune for the room. Then grabbed hands with his wife and the MC of the event and waved them over his head in rhythm to it uhh, awkward! I’d rather steam it out with Joakim Noah and number 7 than sit through that. But wait, it gets worse. Much worse. The A.D. and the team then joined in. Is this Big Ten football or an episode of glee? Unbelievable; I don’t think Bo Schembechler was sitting in his office rocking Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Before heading over to the Big House to punch the Buckeyes in the mouth. Rich, you say you want to keep your job, but your actions suggest you’re begging to be fired. Because while 0-3 against your rival and 15-21 overall may not be a firable offense; joining hands with your boss and your team and rocking the Grobes at your team banquet is. No kid worth his salt is coming to play for a coach who does that.