Someone posted some video of Rich Rod speaking to some people about to observe practice. Worth a look if anyone is interested.
Rich Rod before practice
Quote of the day from RR: "I have a hard time rooting for Ohio State no matter who they're playing... I don't want them to win their spring game!"
He might not be a Michigan Man, but he sure knows how to act like it!
No no, he doesn't understand the rivalry.
That made me laugh.
It would've been funnier though RichRod actually understood the rivalry. A "real" Michigan Man would've spontaneously burned Jim Tressel in effigy. /sarcasm
Anyways, nice quote. I'll be sure to watch those videos when I get a chance.
Edit: Added the /sarcasm since I got negged and I don't know if it's because people didn't get the sarcasm.
"That school up the road...it's hard for me to root for them too."
It's my understanding that people in West Virginia have a negative view of Ohio themselves... ironically, they think of Ohioans as snooty and overly arrogant. So it's not a big leap.
Here is a quick interview of Michael Taylor on with Sam Webb. Highlight for me is Taylor stating something like "Tony Boles is the fastest player I have ever seen at Michigan and Denard may be a little faster".
Would that qualify Denard as Hyper-Boles
I think that it might be hyperbole to label him as Hyper-Boles.
was clever. Nicely done.
Hard to listen to what he says when I’m fixated on his sunglasses which look like they can fall at any minute.
Boy, it's really awful to have a head coach willing to take the time to talk to a bunch of touring season ticket holders during one of the busiest times of the year for the staff. I'm sure the visitors will all complain about how terrible RR is with the public and doesn't get the OSU rivalry and talks incessantly about Justin Boren and West Virginia and says nothing about the current Michigan team. Carty should get a Pulitzer.
I'm sure somebody will post a diary over the weekend about their friend's brother in law taking this tour and the jury is still out on RR because he didnt seem passionate about his comments on the rivalry, he said 'damn' twice and didnt quote Kipling.
That'd be neat.
please do me a favor and combine it with the obligatory-daily-MSU-recruiting diary so I only have to /facepalm once. My forehead gets pretty red on the weekends as it is.
Is it normal practice for you to get "stamped" on the weekends?
but I should mention that I take a face-painting class on Saturdays and Sundays. We've been focusing on cherries, tomatoes, and the color of Boren's marinara sauce the last month.
EDIT: I'm not sure why you got negged for this, but I'll toss on my flame-resistant suit for fear of guilt-by-association.
Im glad you have a sense of humor. Apparently someone didn't haha
People ask, 'Coach, how many games are you gonna win this year?' My answer: we will win as many as we deserve to win.
NOW he tells us... he could have saved the board dozens of threads over the last three months.
You, sir, are a Cham-peen.
Thank You Maizenbluenation, I enjoyed the video. Best part to me, and the one thing I have liked most about Coach Rod since day 1....
"We Will Win, When We DESERVE To Win"!!!!
That statement alone is why I have thepatience and faith in what Coach Rod can and will do with for this University.
He's fun, he's accessible, he works hard.
Lloyd and Rich Rod have two obviously different styles, and I have had no problem with either. However, I do enjoy having a coach that will actively tell the world, in the media, why it's great to be a Wolverine fan. Once this team wins, starting this year, it's going to be a lot of fun.
EDIT: anyone else notice the slight hesitancy when he started talking about Sheridan? Funny.
at the end of part 2? I liked how he explained how the coaches would be getting after the players. Haha
Morris works for the Athletic Department as a "Development Manager." I'm pretty sure it was he.
yea that was him..he deals with people who contribute to the program and is a public relations guys...basically he sucks up to people to make money and stuff.
Anyone catch the "Eeeeee, Barwis!" moment when RR stated that only 1 player exceeded 300 lbs in the power-clean last year, while 30 players did so this year?
Everyone's talked about how much stronger/better-conditioned the players are this year, but going from 1 to >30 on the power clean? That's nuts.
Did you guys catch an aside when RR was talking about how we went from 1-30 guys this year that can power clean 300? He mentioned upperclassmen "who had never done that before" last year. Huh? If I heard that right, prior to Barwis our guys didn't do power cleans? WTF.
didn't do squats either
That's it, my Barwis' Gym shirt is going on when I get home.
In the Mike Martin video on MGoBlue.com the other day, he was doing reps with 315.
I definitely feel like there's a good MGoShirt idea in there somewhere. I can't find it but maybe somebody else can.
I liked Rich Rod a lot when he spoke at his very first Michigan press conference. He's down to earth and he doesn't bullshit you, but he also has a pleasant demeanor.
but I thought the most interesting thing that he talked about was when he said that more of his players listed OSU (8) than Michigan (5) - when he asked them to list what they thought were the Top 3 Programs in college football.
who picked OSU instead of UM...
Gee...wonder who that guy was...lol.
I was hanging out with a "Nutt" over the weekend in Vegas and he really got into my head about Rich Rod and the fact that he isn't going to make it at Michigan because of this and that and the other thing... After seeing this video and hearing him speak I am sold! I am ALL IN FOR MICHIGAN! Screw the buckeyes! I love the comment about not being able to root for them. GO BLUE
Was one of the reasons because RR doesn't recruit over 38 players in a single class?
You know, I thought that too at first, but I think by Nutt he meant a buckeye, not Houston Nutt. But maybe he did...
Everytime I watch him speak in any situation, I like him more and more...he says all the right things...no BS...down home feel...its magic...
Now I know why WVU fans were so upset when they lost him. They lost a great coach.
Every time I watch him speak I get more excited for this season to start.
I'm really impressed with this guy, it was a great interview and I really think he is going to do great things at Michigan.
but only because I'm tired of repeating myself to ignorant people. For now, I just nod and say "yep, sure" to the idiots. I'll wait patiently until the Rodriguez Revolution is complete and let that do the defending for me. It's coming. I know it in my heart!
... RichRod gets us back to the promise land and wins a national championship and goes on to be a Great Michigan Coach (Yost, Crisler, Bo, Carr), I believe the point from 6:10-6:40 on vid2 may be one of those documentary type moments ... "the team, the team, the team..." that will be used to build the RichRod legend.
Great stuff. Fired up. Can't wait.
It certainly fits the criteria of being simple in and of itself yet hard for many people to do, mentions tradition, downplays that "we're Michigan" but not insulting it, it's probably pretty true, and nobody can really say something bad about it. Those are the criteria that I would use to determine if a moment could be similar to "the team, the team, the team...".
So, yeah, it's very possible that that could be something that gets remembered. I don't think it'll ever beat "The Team" but you weren't saying that and I think most people wouldn't think that.
... the "it's coming, it's coming, just give us time." right at the end. If it's true, it almost becomes prophetic, which is why it fits into the documentary I'm constructing in my head.
Definitely not comparing to the team... that's much more powerful. I just like the potentially prophetic nature.
Didn't RRod say SOONER rather than LATER after he made the "It's coming" remark.
Could sooner mean maybe... Sept 5
RR looks much more excited and confident in his team, it's written all over his face.
How can you not love this guy? Is it September yet?
I also love the disclaimer at the end for practice. 'You're going to hear some things...'
things happening. At MSU, it's boring...same old thing.
This is unexplored territory for this program in my lifetime. In all my 44 years, I don't think I have ever seen the head coach stand on a stairway and talk with fans and take questions for 20 minutes!
Take nothing away from Bo, Lloyd, Yost or Crisler, but Rich Rodriguez is not only building a championship program, he building a championship fanbase. What is going on in front of the doors of Schembechler Hall is just as important as what happens behind them.
The media may treat RR like crap and not give him the respect he deserves, but I guarantee the fans will. Name another head coach of a major program that takes un-scripted, un-screened questions from, his audience and answers them in depth and DOESN'T beat around the bush.
I agree, "we will win games when we DESERVE to win. We'll win championships when we DESERVE to win them."
Welcome to the next GREAT era of Michigan Football! GO BLUE!
I agree with the sentiment, but there was no YouTube back in Bo's, Mo's, and most of Lloyd's years, so who knows what kind of generous PR type of stuff they did? Nevertheless, I agree that every word that comes out of RR's mouth makes me a bigger fan.
I wish someone would have asked RR how involved he is with the defense
^^^ he's not involved. He leaves that up to an actual DC that does his actual job unlike Schafer. RR is the offensive genious, not defensive.
I am glad I watched that. 14 f'ing days and a wakeup. Or is it 13? Whatever.
What struck me the most was how relaxed and seemingly confident he was.
He knows something...
I am still amazed by the access we are now getting to the program and the staff. It is such a different atmosphere and we should all be thankful. Tick...Tock...tick...tock September 5th please come faster!
I was sitting there asking "Could Bo ever do that for the fans while he was coaching"? or Lloyd either?
Probably not. It was an impressive thing to see RR do for the fans.