I have no doubt he will land on his feet.
Good Luck Coach
“I am proud of the dedication and commitment exhibited by the coaching staff and student-athletes who have represented the University of Michigan football program over the last three seasons. While I am disappointed to depart Ann Arbor before we were able to reach the level of success we had in our sights, I am confident that the players who remain have the potential to do great things and to return the Wolverines to greatness. I would like to thank our fans and our student body for their tremendous support. There is great passion for Michigan football and I have made lifelong friends through this experience.”
I have no doubt he will land on his feet.
Best of luck Coach. I was hoping it would have worked out.
I'll always follow Rodriguez, and wish him luck!!
Goodbye RR, goodluck wherever you land.....On side note, Has there been any info on keeping RB coach Fred Jackson? I would hate to lose him
If anyone has any connections or way to get this to Rodriguez, I'm sure he would appreciate it. These are amazing and come from some of the most die-hard Michigan fans.
You want to send our ex-coach a internet forum of people saying "thanks and good luck"?
Or maybe we could all get him a card and sign it. Or all bake him some cupcakes. All these things sound equally as pathetic. The man knows there are fans that will still root for him. Suggesting sending him the opinions or random internet commenters makes me want to punch myself in the throat.
Well shit man. Way to rain on my parade. I just made these all for RR:
I want so badly to eat those cupcakes right now. Oh wait, I can because I really did make them......
Could you email me the swirly one in the upper left corner?
I really wish I could neg you for being a jerk. This will have to do:
There is no need to be a dick to a fellow fan who is just making a nice suggestion. If that sort of thing actually makes you want to punch yourself in the throat, I feel sorry for you since I would suspect you lead a pretty miserable life. Save the angry comments for people who actually deserve them.
If RR really cares if UM_FANFORLIFE wishes him good luck he can read MGoBlog himself. I'm sure he knows how to use the internet.
The man just got fired. Suggesting that we send him a message board topic that says "thanks for the last three years" is patronizing.
Yeah, you said that before. I can read. I didn't say it was a good idea, I said it's no reason to be a dick. So next time, explain why it's necessary for you to act like a jerk.
But your point total has increased by two in my mind. And whenever I see WatersDemos's next comment, I will think "ah yes, his point total is actually n + 2."
(given that n = Displayed MGoPoints)
Why don't you guys all figure some way to send these comments to me, I'm sure I would appreciate them. These are amazing and come from some of the most die-hard MGoBlog commenters.
Sorry dude. You are not cupcake worthy.
Douche chill! I want so badly to be angry with you but I have idea what the f- you are saying. Just know you are lucky as sh-t that voting is not working.
Not siding with Horace, but why is he "lucky as sh-t" that voting isn't working? Because otherwise he would totally get neg-banged and lose like all of his mgopoints??
We talkin' 'bout mgopoints. Let's get a grip.
...caught a bolt of lightening...
...cursed the day he let it go....
Best of luck coach! I have always been a suporter and fan, and I can't imagine how difficult it is to operate when the whole word is against you. Let's hope that Denard and any relevant defensive players stay while Michigan football is in this transition period.
Its to bad it didn't work out here.
Well said by RR. I wish him nothing but the best, as I'm sure most of us do.
honorable and eloquent words. best of luck, coach.
Good luck RR. Kick ass at UConn or whever you may go.
Go to Pitt! Go to Pitt!
(In case Coach reads this)
If he were to go to Pitt, I would be able to see a lot more of him than when he was at Michigan. (PA citizen right now). The bummer part is that I saw a story on ESPN (i know) that said Pitt was not including him in the coaching search. Maybe bad blood from the backyard brawl days? I also heard from a talking head that he might sit out a year, recollect himself from the abuse in AA and then move forward. Can't blame him there. The rumor mill out of Pitt is spitting out Tom Bradley (PSU D coordinator and Asst. HC) as the leading candidate.
I was just putting out some wishful thinking. It'd be much easier to root for him if he were to go to Pitt. I'm surprised they wouldn't even consider him knowing that it would absolutely explode the minds of WVU fans (which is always fun).
If WVU fans had minds to explode.....BOOM, roasted.
Hurt feelings aside, RR and WVU were actually kind of good for each other.
Yeah Rod isn't going to Pitt. Although Bradley is a good hire IMO.
What part of PA you from? I am originally from Erie County, then moved to the Harrisburg area, now I'm out in San Francisco.
Lucky you! I wish I were in San Fran. I am in Pennsyltuckybama. Small town close to NY border. Nearest city? Williamsport, PA (50 miles south) or Elmira, NY (40 miles NE).
Eh. San Fran ain't all it's cracked up to be. Everything is mega expensive, hardly any jobs, and it's almost as cold as Pa. Oh, and there's a shit ton of homeless people and hipsters.
True. Low cost is an advantage here in Pensyltuckybama. No jobs here either, trying to move back to Michigan (I know, no job there either, but I have family and if I am going to be unemployed, at least I can be unemployed in Michigan and soak up the sport teams I love). I am surrounded by hillbillies, and rednecks that Rival West Virginia and backwoods Mississippi.
it is freezing here today, I work downtown and walking from my car to my office was absurdly cold and I was in Chicago over Christmas and grew up in Michigan so i have thick blood.
I currently work night security at the ice rink in Union Square. Soooo cold haha.
Who you calling hipster, hipster?
And that's exactly what it is, woods and woods, with an occasional man-made building here or there. I think I remember a road or two as well, and lots of bears watching me drive past them.
That was my house! You should have waved!
a great idea to move to the sticks, right? I live in Pittsburgh low cost of living, great jobs, even better schools, affordable housing, low crime, hell we even have grocery stores. Keep your negative thoughts about the crappy area you live in tyo yourself, it's your choice einstein....
Don't they teach spelling and capitalization at these "even better schools?"
What do you do for work? Abstractor?
I'm in the education field, preparing the leaders and legends of tomorrow.
Personally, I hope he ends up at Clemson.....would be right around the corner from me and they are on TV all the time here
What, did you used to play for RR at Glenville State or something?
We could carpool to that one hackney. And since Pitt's stadium is always half empty tickets wouldn't be a problem either.
Sounds good to me. Road trip! I'll bring the Lionshead! (One of the finest PA beers. Got me through college)
Lionshead bottle cap riddles for COACHING CAROUSEL 2011!! And submit them.
Haha. Good call! Too bad I don't know how to put symbols on here though!
I attend the Backyard Brawl every year. My in-laws living in the PGH. Great town!
GO TO CLEMSON, GO TO CLEMSON!!!! Clemson fans love RR and by waiting a year, Dabo Swinney probably will be fired if Clemson underachieve(they will). Clemson is a sleeping giant with tons of talents that they were able to attract. RR can use his florida connections in addition to the recruiting pipeline at the Carolinas. Clemson could very well be a national power under RR.
That would make me soooo happy. Now rooting against Clemson, ehr, Swinney
This is true. Actually, I think it will happen. I live in upstate South Carolina, not far from Clemson, and their fans would love it if he were to return.
I'd even have to buy an Orange shirt. That'd make my father-in-law happy.
I really hope we don't regret this. I really liked Rich Rod as our coach. I hope he finds success in the future.
"I really hope we don't regret this. I really liked Rich Rod as our coach. I hope he finds success in the future. "
My sentiments exactly.
This guy is nothing but absolute class. And isn't class part of what being a "Michigan Man" is all about?
Good luck Rich Rod, please do not kick our asses if we ever have to face you in a game.
Michigan "Man", apparently.
Are you insinuating Rich Rodriguez might be a woman?
class, yes.....but more winning
not all self proclaimed Michigan Men deserve the title. Examples being the people who treated RR like a child abuser for no fucking reason other than their own bigotry, stupidty, and arrogance.
Don't like his style of football? Fine, but to drag him through the mud and dance on his grave like he's Hitler is beyond pathetic.
It is hard to believe that RR could come out of all of this with his reputation more intact than either the guy who fired him or the fans who spurned him, but I think it might happen.
Was the situation impossible here? I would say Difficult. Did RR make some bad decisions with his staff and strategy? yes. Did he not understand Michigan tradition when he came aboard? likely. Offensively there seems to be improvement in the last three years, but defense and special teams seem to have regressed. Splitting hairs, but I disagree that the situation was impossible when he hired in.
RR has handled his departure with class, for sure, and I respect that. I won't miss his coaching @ UofM though. Two plays of the Gator Bowl comes to mind: First, Denard throws a WR screen to one side of the field. Goes for nothing. Next play, WR screen to other side. Goes for nothing. I won't miss that.
... and he is of course flat-out amazing.
But in the Gator Bowl, sadly, Denard played like a sophomore first-year starter. A gifted one, to be sure. But he made a lot of bad decisions in that game. Denard, for all his brilliance, has a lot of room to improve his thinking, his throwing, and his ability to slow the game down. JMHO. I say this, because my guess is that Denard would agree, although he'd be too modest to admit to his brilliant talent.
If the story comes out eventually, that Michigan did not do everything humanly possible, including the payment of one million dollars and full support for Rich Rodriguez, to get Jeff Casteel to come here, Michigan will look like the dumbest administration in major college football.
A guy I have coached with in the past here in FL has connections at WVU and told me that Rich Rod asked Casteel if he wanted the DC position after the tOSU loss and Casteel declined.
with Michigan paying 2.5 Million of the 4 Million buyout, I don't think it was money that was needed to grab Casteel. I expect him to become the Head Coach at WVU.
Even if that's wrong, who would risk hitching their wagon to Rodriguez while on the hotseat?
It already does.
Year One was always going to be difficult. Perhaps even impossible. Not only did few players from 2007 return, UM was switching its football philosophy. The most predictable major program in the country was going sexy.
But without a QB to run the offense it was doomed from the start. And since UM had hired RR to install his system it's daft to argue that he should have adapted it to suit Sheridan and Threet. The whole point of RR was to change things.
So Year One was essentially Year Zero and I think you can make a decent argument that RR has been fired after just two "proper" years in which he had players (albeit young) who had some idea of what he wanted and aptitude for it.
Of course there were mistakes, most obviously on defense. And the results and all the rest of it do make it hard to make the case for keeping RR. You can see why it has panned out this way. But if getting Harbaugh was a reasonable and consensus First Choice for next year I'd say that giving RR one more shot was a reasonable Second Choice.
Sure, there would have been pressure and intense media speculation and a new DC and all that. But we'd also be better placed to see if the building could be finished, even late and over-budget, than is the case now that we've abandoned a half-completed project and are looking for a new architect to finish it in, well, lord knows what kind of style.
So good luck to RR wherever he lands. I understand why it's happened this way but I can't help but feel somewhat sad about it all.
Zone left, zone left, zone right. Works much better.
The punt that frequently followed the zone right.
I hope it's not too late for all of this to be salvaged, but I think you may be correct.
It's already happened. Much bigger black eye or us and UM than for RR.
I wish I could +1 you , I think you nailed it.
Good Luck coach, I'll be a RRod fan for life.
He consistently treated people well, no matter how he was treated. I hope we won't miss his class. Jeff de Fran, always the consummate pro, couldn't read that statement without badly mangling it to make RR sound worse.
DeFran is a clown
We are starting to come off like a 50 year old divorcee who thinks she's still hot and insists on being extremely, extremely picky.
Big turn off for the ever-dwindling number of desireable candidates out there that may still show some interest.
We're going to spend the rest of our Saturdays bitter and alone, bitching about how life has passed us by, with our BFF Ms. Notre Dame.
He's been nothing less than a class act. He'll find great success again soon.
Thanks for everything you endured at M and for everything you did for the program. You have a fan for life wherever you land.
Anyone think there should be a /s after the 'tremendous support' sentence
What are best coaching opps for him right now? Is Pitt out? Clemson?
I don't think he's looking to take a coaching job for the fall. So we probably won't have any idea until next season (and the subsequent annual coaching shake-ups) starts shaping up.
Perhaps he is going to be a bit more careful in assessing a situation this time.
[ fill in name] was an utter disaster for the University of Michigan football team in the 2011 football season. In a surprise move, athletic director Dave Brandon rehires Rich Rodriguez for the 2012 season.
Glad to see him going out with class. Although, I'm sure plenty of "fans" will somehow manage to twist his words around to find something terrible in there.
Yeah - I know he's not a "fan" but Rittenberg pointed out that he didn't thank the administration or DB in his statement, but he didn't take issue with the fact that RR left that out.
Well, there's class - which characterizes Rich Rodriguez and the statement he made - and then there's masochism - which would include thanking someone who handled the last couple of months in about as poor a manner as could be expected.
I am hopeful that we will be back in the thick of things in the Big however many and on the national stage before too long, but I have the feeling that Rodriguez will find his way to success in a very short time.
Best regards to a man who, when it comes to integrity, runs circles around the crabby alumni, ersatz journalists, cranky "livin' in the past" players, and bandwagon fans who couldn't stand to give him a real chance.
Now Brandon is in a pickle, and I sure hope he can find a good way out of it.
Considering the cirumstances, I don't think it to be obligatory to add a thank in any way, shape, or form. I don't think he has anyone to thank there.
You will see fans complain about him not mentioning or thanking the UM administration or AD.....the haters will definitely find a way to turn his comments around.
Thanks coach i know you will go somewhere else and kick ass, you came into a situation that was a lot worse then the fans thought. The talent was gone
I hope he absolutely destroys whatever conference he ends up in, and wins that MNC that we were all so convinced would come. Good luck Rich Rodriguez, you deserve better.
Hopefully I am wrong and this isnt a big mistake like I think it is........
Thank you, Coach Rodriguez.
You worked your ass off for us, and I'm sorry things couldn't work out. Best of luck.
we didn't do this too hastily.
Oh don't worry. We did.
That's exactly what 'insiders' are saying on Detroit sports radio - that DB caved to the big doners' demands. I thought he was above that. I think Brandon just f'd up big time.
We all hate to acknowledge it but this job is not as coveted as DB seems to think - as the previous search showed when Miles and Schiano said no. TCU is well funded and surrounded by talent. Boise is obviously already a big time player. Miss State is an up and coming program with talent galore in state. Why would coaches of those teams want to come to the state of Mich - the only state to lose population in the last decade with a terrible economy and high unemployment?
Should have kept the good RichRod.
Miles was never contacted.
I agree with your point though, I don't think a high-level, proven HC looks at Michigan as any kind of Nirvana in terms of job. Who woulds stake their career on a depleted roster, a skeery-crazy fanbase, an AD with waffling support and, given the current criteria, 3 years to produce 'or else'. That is a shaky career move.
Schiano has to be telling himself over and over, 'good choice, very good choice.'
Going to have to be a Tier 2 option like Hoke, or take a flyer on someone with something to prove.
That's what RR started with. There are starters galore coming back if you bring in the right coach. If DB decides to go back to the Michigan family then some guys are probably going to transfer.
depleted on defense anyway, for sure
Offense has 9 coming back, but since Tate has likely flunked out and Denard is a likely transfer if they don't hire someone that knows and runs a sread/read-option offense, you are then looking at going back to a redshirt freshman QB to run the O and no matter how talented he may be, he is going to struggle for two years at least.
No, thank you coach Rodriguez. You put up with more shit in 3 years then any of our other coaches had in their long tenures. No one could ever question your dedication to the team and what you did for the Mealer family will forever make you a Michigan man in my book. I hope the next program realizes what a great coach they have and give you the respect and support that you deserve. I am still all in.
by the fact that I can't pos bang you as I am with how RR was treated by a lot of Michigan "Men".
Good luck coach. I truly believe you just needed another year. And I can pretty confidently say at this point that we'd be in far better shape if you'd been retained.
Best of luck to you Rich. Classy statement from a classy man. he'll be beating up on the Big East or ACC in no time.
I was someone who, from about the time of the PSU game, argued that RR needed to go.
Now that he is gone, I am sad. RR might not have come close to success here, but he was a classy individual, a good person and someone who I believe represented the University well (please, no comments about the Grobin thing - who cares?).
Coach Rodriguez, the best of luck to you at your next school. I think that you may be surprised at how many new fans will be following whatever school you end up at (unless you go to one of the B10 teams).
Glad he went out on this note rather than a more sour one.
Thanks to RR for what we all know was a whole-hearted effort to achieve success over the last few years. Just didn't pan out.
Good luck coach!!!
I hope he encourages as many athletes as possible to stay for the new coach whoever it is and for Michigan. In a perfect world I wish Rich would have the chance to coach for one more season and see how it turns out.
Why would rr encourage guys to stay if they were going to lose their spots and playing time? Why should Denard stay if they bring in a pro style coach? A lot of the players came because of the system and the coach. Roundtree left Purdue for RR and his spread. Denard came because he was promised an opportunity to play QB. RR has no responsibility to tell these guys to stay if they no longer fit in. Unfortunately, because of a serious lack of talent left by the previous coach a lot of these guys will be able to use their RS year and not lose eligibility if they do transfer.
Thanks coach. You are a class act and will always be a Michigan Man.
I will root for Coach to succeed no matter where he goes.
Except if he ever plays M, of course.
I appreciate all you've done for the University. Thanks
I really wish it would have worked out. You are a good man and I appreciate your efforts.
You will always be a Michigan Man in my eyes.
Best of luck in your future endeavors!
Good luck to him in his future endeavors. (Unless he meets us in a bowl game)
nice statement. anyone know where we can find a link?
Good luck, Coach Rod.
Good luck coach! I'm sure he'll do very well at which ever school he ends up in.
The only one who got sort of misty reading that or am I just a big wuss?
I wanted to cry yesterday just a little bit when it all became official. I feel incredibly bad for RR, his staff, family, and the players. I wish him the best, the players, and the program the best. Now let's go find a coach clear the dust and as always, GO BLUE!
Nope just a big wu--damn it! Something's in my eyes. They're both watering. Stupid dust...
... I'd been waiting to hear something. It's sad to see it end like this after three years of rooting for him.
Now that RR has coached at Michigan, does he have the connections and pedigree necessary to be our next head coach?
I can't vote, otherwise I'd +1 you. Instead I'll just tell you that your comment made me laugh.
A week from now DB and RR held a presser where they were just laughing say haha jokes on you! I dont know if I would be happy or really fuckin pissed.
My ideal situation is DB makes the media look incredibly stupid, RR gets hired and some coordinator changes happen.
I got my hopes up that RR might not get fired when they delayed the firing last week, maybe we could disguise him and bring him back under some kind of alias that is also a cheap shot at michael rosenberg.
I wouldn't have clicked twice and double posted?
he first gets himself hired as OC for Brady Hoke at SDSU.
in your future endeavours RR.
One of the best departing statements I've ever read. Good luck coach.
You are a class act and look forward to supporting you at your next stop.
Thanks Coach for all your hardwork and the time you put in, and for the time you spent at Mott. You will be a "Michigan Man" in my eyes for life. GOD BLESS you and your family. I will be watching you and your next team for sure.
Great first post. Here's an imaginary +1 for you.
Rich was a good coach, and a good man. He was one of us. He was a man who loved the outdoors... and football, and as a coach he explored the sidelines of the east coast, from Glenville to Clemson and... up to... Morgantown. He died, like so many young men of his generation, he died before his time. In your wisdom, Lord, you took him, as you took so many bright flowering young men at Khe Sanh, at Langdok, at Hill 364. These young men gave their lives. And so would Rich. Rich, who loved football. And so, Richard A. Rodriguez, in accordance with what we think your dying wishes might well have been, we commit your final mortal remains to the bosom of the Big East, which you loved so well. Good night, sweet prince.
just hire him back? RR>Hoke
Will continue to root for you no matter where you land.
Thanks Coach Rod!
I greatly appreciate all you have done and all the positives you’ve brought the University of Michigan both as a coach, but more importantly as a person. Never once did your fortitude waver during the obstacles and challenges presented over the past 3 years and for this I’m truly thankful. I wish you the best in your future endeavors and can honestly say I’m extremely saddened by those not seeing the fruits of your labors while donning the maize and blue.
Good luck Coach, I hope you win many games wherever you go.
I hope RR and his family know that a lot of Michigan fans appreciate what he endured to be our coach the last three years and not all of us are as arrogant as some of the vocal ones getting press. The personal attacks, the false characterization of his recruits as petty criminals, the lack of patience and confidence, the idiotic idolatry of the mythical 'Michigan Man'... there are a lot of us who cringed as the complaints about him became more shrill and outlandish. I'm not overlooking RR's missteps but I think he was a stand up guy when he was here and that's how he's leaving. I hope he's successful wherever he goes.
Another great post by a new member. Imaginary +1 to you.
Man you are tossing +1s out like candy....you must of hit the mega million.
I wish. I just can't take the emotional low I've gone through the past few days and thought a little love was in order.
that NOW PREVENTS YOU FROM UPVOTING ALL OF MY POSTS PER YOUR NOW REMOVED SIGNATURE
Coach Rod I will miss you and will cheer for you wherever you end up. Great coach, great man.
Why couldn't he have just talked a lot of shit about michigan and say how he can't believe how he was treated?
It would have made this departure so much easier....Now I just have to feel worse and worse about this firing.
Coach Rod, thank you very much. I’m sure it has been a tough 3 years for you and your family. As a Michigan fan I appreciate all the hard work and dedication you brought to the job on a daily basis. I’m really bummed that it did not go the way we all planned. I’m sure with your character and personality you will be able to bounce back and find the success wherever you go.
Good luck, Coach Rod. You deserve better than you've gotten the past three years. Keep your head up.
Best of luck coach. You are a good man and didn't deserve the situation you were put in. I only hope we've learned our lesson.
.....I hope RR wins a national championship. A True MICHIGAN MAN.
Classy statement. He will no doubt land on his feet.
Everyone called for his head. When Brandon listened everyone turned on him and showed love for RR. Make up your minds.
you're on Freep.com or Mlive or something?
While there certainly was a decent portion of folks on mgoblog calling for his head, it was not even the majority, let alone "everyone."
Plus, I think there are a few folks who were blinded by JH-love, wanted RR out, and now that JH has spurned us, realize how few options out there are decidedly better than RR w/ a new DC.
I generalized and looked dumb. I am just tired of the over zealous fans and hearing complaints. It is not an easy job to lead a great football like Michigan. I sympathize with him and wish it didn't turn out like this. That is all.
You are lucky to have retracted your initial statement or a ban-hammer may have fallen. A lot of people feel the same but there's no reason to call people out - that time has long passed. For what its worth, I feel your pain.
Best wishes always
I'd give him a big 'ol +1 right now
EDIT: except there are no posbangs available on the board now, so you'll have to accept a virtual one, Coach!
no posbangs? I +1'd every single one of these posts, even though it meant clicking the error box every time.
You gotta feel for the guy... that said, he did bring an exciting brand of football to Michigan. Unfortunately, he wasn't given the time or patience to see it come to fruition.
i miss the man already.
... sounds like a press release drafted by Michigan as part of the deal to top-up his $2.5 million buyout a bit.
And to those who think Brandon acted in haste?
The mind boggles...
I loved RR's passion, openness, and heart-on-the-sleeve style, especially when contrasted with his predecessor - although watching him get torn up for just these qualities makes me realize just where some of that Carr grumpiness and reserve came from. And I really appreciated the connection he made with kids from places like Pahokee - kids who weren't "Michigan material" before his regime.
He'll land on his feet, and then some. I'll always keep an eye on his teams in the future, and expect to get more than a bit of vicarious pleasure from seeing them win.
Sorry for all the haters that were impatient and unforgiving. You held the rope longer than I thought you would be able to. Now swing from it over to the ACC or Big East where your talents will be amplified. However, I would encourage you to seek out a new DC!
Thanks for introducing a new brand of Football to our program. You've paved the way for our fan base to open up and accept change to a system. After all, it is your system that has been a part of the most current programs competing for an NCAA Championship!
Thanks RR! Best of luck.
Held the Rope!!!
I wonder if we could send him some sort of medal or trophy, or at least a note... you know, as a gesture for putting up with all the crap he's had to deal with. It would be nice for him to know that a lot of us did appreciate him and what he did during his time at Michigan. I doubt he'll read MGoBlog and see this post.
Print this out and send it to Coach. He deserves to hear it over and over.
Is this a football blog or a review of the Notebook??
Good luck, Coach.
to see him go, that offense seemed to have so much potential.
We should be thanking him for the job he did rebuilding this team. When we get to enjoy watching all the great things these freshmen and sophomores accomplish throughout the rest of their careers, I hope people remember the man that made it all possible and in return got booted out the door as thanks for his efforts.
A++++++++ WOULD HIRE TO COACH OFFENSE AGAIN
+1 for ebay reference
Thanks Coach, 2011 was going to be a hell of a season!
A class act. Could have blamed the institution - didn't. Could have blamed the athletic department - didn't. Could have absolutely RAILED against the media - didn't. Came in with his head held high, left with his head held high.
Who's the Michigan Man now Rosenberg? Who is the Michigan Man now Snyder? Who is the Michigan Man now crankly old timey players from wobegone eras? He never attacked any of you even as he was leaving.
We killed a good man and a great coach. I fear it will come back to haunt us all.
Good luck Coach - give em hell at Clemson.....
Good luck to RR, I'm glad for everything he did for the team. Let's hope parting with him was the right choice
Thanks for all your hard work. Good luck at Clemson/UCLA/wherever (I think you'd be crazy to Pitt - you do not need your third job in a row w/ major drama).
The 2011 season (in particular the offense) will always be a great "What If?" Never know for sure, but would have loved to have found out.
I am proud to have had you represent this University over the past three years. I am proud that you coined the phrase "All in for Michigan," and that you lived and breathed it too. I am proud of how you handled the caustic atmospher, and I am proud of the class you always displayed. You'll always be a Michigan Man to me, and I'm sorry it didn't work out. God bless you, Coach Rod. I know you'll be fine. I hope we are too.
I'm really looking forward to Brian's promised 2000 word post on why this didn't work. Sometimes, the nice guys finish last. I'm really sorry it happened here.
If he was retained I was going to post the cllip from "Hoosiers" when they revote in the town meeting and the head guy says "Coach stays." RR's story was similar to that movie. Outsider comes in and some of the meddelsome locals with and agenda try to get him fired. But in the movie his job is saved at the lat minute and the team sees his vision through. But here in real life no Jimmy Chitwood came into the meeting and said "Coach goes, I go." The angry mob won here.
You did a lot for the University and for the football program, though you will not be recognized for a fraction of it. Just sorry that you had to be the guinea pig in all of this.
Thanks, Coach, for your hard work on and off the field. I wish you success in your future endeavors.
Losing aside I really liked RR and the current staff. Some things just dont work out but im sure coach will do great things at his next stop.
For the longest time I convinced myself that this wouldn't come to pass. After UM took a 14-10 lead over Mississippi state in the Gator Bowl on that beautiful throw from Denard to Odoms, I asked my dad, "how can you not bring this back for next year?!" This sucks, and I wish Coach Rod all the luck in the world. I think this experience, as trying as it was, will only make him a better coach in the long run. I'll adopt whatever team(s) he coaches from here on out.
In Rod I'll always trust, thanks for showcasing your talent here with Denard and co.
"I asked my dad, "how can you not bring this back for next year?!""
The 42 - 0 can of whupass that Mississippi State then dumped over Rich Rod like a cooler of Gatorade should have answered that question for you.
So is he a green troll or a red troll?
The red trolls are ignorant and lacking in class. Getting mad at them is a lot like getting mad at an animal.
The green trolls seem to be the ones that can't spell out their thoughts in one post, and have to return time and time again to get it right. I have always believed that leaving posts on rival message boards is the only way they can truly feel they have accomplished anything worthwhile.
Although in that, I am presuming that you are actually a Michigan fan and not a troll. That you are somehow wishing the best for Michigan and that you understand what has been going on here the last three years. Either way, good fucking luck.
A big Thank You to Coach Rodriguez for representing Michigan with grace, for shaking the program out of its doldrums, and for laying the foundation for future greatness. And all the best for the future.
Please do not take another Big Ten or ACC job, at least until my teams have their own defenses sorted out.
I just woke up from a week long nap! What's going on and why did the banner change?
We beat Mississippi State in the bowl game, 52-14, and the excitement of it caused poor Rich Rodriguez to have a massive heart attack. He's OK but the doctors told him never to coach again. Now we have to find another offense ninja. Go back to sleep before you read anything else.
Thank you for your efforts. My best wishes for your familly and the families of your assistants. You have more appreciative fans than might be evident at first glance.
Thanks coach. Best of luck to you in the future. I'll be rooting for you wherever you go.
Coach, even though I've never met you, you can say you have a lifelong friend and fan in me. God bless and thank you.
you deserved so much better than what you got here.
For the first time in my life as a M fan i am not proud of what the school has done. DB looked like a rank amatuer with how he handled this mess. I have zero faith in him now. Less than zero in fact.
To give a man a 6 year contract and then fire him before he even gets to coach his recruits in there junior season is pathetic. This is a fiasco of the highest order.....and i have no faith it will end well for us. We are looking at yet another few years of being ordinary or less. This is the kind of crap i expect to hear MSU...Indiana...Illinois pulling.....not Michigan. Brandon caved in to a bunch of whiny-ass alums who could not accept that Michigan football had changed since Bo was coach. Rodriguez poured his guts into this program 16 hours a day for 3 years only to be given the boot by a man who should still be pushing crappy pizza.
I hate David Brandon and how he has made this school look like a laughing stock.
Why would ANY coach worth his salt come here now after seeing how RR was treated? It would have to be simply for the money......as he is likely to be treated just as badly if not even worse. Brandon has set a very dangerous precident by letting vocal fans and alums have far too much say in the hiring/firing of coaches.
Bless you Coach Rodriguez and your family and all the coaches on your staff. I will certainly be a huge fan of whatever school you end up at next.
Get a new screen name.
Here, I will be sure to remember Bill45. I have a few points I will gladly donate once we can vote again.
I will be joining you.
Get some class.
if you are not banned by then
I can't tell if you're a fan of Rodriguez or Michigan.
I dont have to express my sentiments on that if i choose not to. Nor do i have to change my screen name either. I have been a part of this board ( lurking for a very very long time before i decided to post a bit ) for as long or longer than a great many on here.
I will always be a Michigan fan.....have been since i was 5, and i am 52 now. Too many on here think they have it all figured out and that anyone that is not a blind loyalist to the school is somehow not a true fan. You could not be more wrong.
Michigan has always been a bastion of class and dignity and an example of what other schools aspired to be and usually fell far short of (think MSU). By running off a fine coach before the chance to even graduate one recruiting class we are left to forever wonder what really could have been with a bit more patience. Now we are left to ponder the idea of a less than stellar coach such as Hoke coming in and Brandon being in the same position he is in now in another 3 or so years.
Its going to get uglier here before it ever gets pretty again.
Its going to get uglier here before it ever gets pretty again.
This is exactly what I'm talking about. This board has devolved into an emo-fest that Brian would have negged into FuManBlue land had it happened after Iowa. Rodriguez is gone and he is not coming back. Do we really have to listen to people wondering what would have happened if Rodriguez got a fourth year for the next five years because they are personally sad a very nice guy didn't win enough games?
I get it. I liked him too and he deserved a better entrance to the University community, less flack for the infractions, and more AD support, especially from Lloyd. Rodriguez, however, did not win enough, did not have the backbone for the incredibly public nature of the job, and had Michigan football performing worse than at any time in the last 40 years.
Michigan is and always will be a bastion of class and dignity in comparison to places like MSU. That doesn't mean the University has to suffer through subpar coaching, recruiting, and on the field performance just because Rodriguez is a nice guy.
that has to listen to people call in to radio shows, yes you are absolutely going to hear from me about how great RR's next 20 years would have been for a very very long time. The way he was treated was a joke and I wish there would be some way to hire him back right now.
I'll just say this: Rodriguez is a classy guy, has an incredible amount of integrity, and really seems like a down to earth guy. It didn't work out here and both sides bare some complicity. But it's over. Let it go.
let others do what they want
It has been been what...18 hours now? A bit soon to be pressuring people to let it go.
I won't let it go for a long time either and I am an alumnus, son of two alumnae and sibling to two others. I don't think RR got a fair shake and i think the program shifted in the wrong direction in cutting him off too early and for the wrong reasons, so I have no intention of letting it go and it will color how i perceive and support the program for a long time to come.
I am not baring my complicity, and I am not sure I want to see the bare complicity of the other side either.
They're not mutually exclusive.
Edit: @ BlueVoix
This is true. And that's not to say I'm not either. I'm a fan of the guy, hope he does well, but never at the expense of Michigan.
The sad part is that he burned a lot of bridges to come here and we were openly critical of how he was treated on the way out of WV. His departure here certainly isnt that crazy, but many aspects are disappointing. May he have mercy on us if he ends up coaching a school that we have to play frequently. Good luck RR in winning every game you play not opposite the Wolverines...
Great coach. Great man. A true Michigan Man. Thanks coach. I've never been a fan of any college football team other than Michigan, but I now will have 2 teams to root for on Saturdays. Take the year off and enjoy the $2.5M, you definitely deserve it for all the hell you've been through. I'll be excited to root for my 2nd favorite team starting in 2012.
I was all in and I know you were too. It sucks that things didn't work out.
Thanks RR, no one will ever question your effort or heart around here without getting sent to Bolivia!
I wish RR nothing but the best!! Your signature on my UM flag will hang on my wall forever and I will always remember your reaction when I told you not to be afraid of hanging 70 on ND. You just smiled and said "I can't promise it but I am going to try." RR, you will always be a "Michigan Man" in my book.
RR will still get a NC before Dantonio, trolls
Here's something Dantanio managed to do before Rich Rod -- win two Big Ten games in the Big House.
Thank you Coach RR! We wish you and your family all the best. Good luck to you where ever you end up!!
Can't wait to read your book...
Looking back on the RR's three years at U of M, it almost makes me sick thinking of how he was treated. Did he have one day where he was not criticized? I really believe things would have worked out much better if people sat back and gave him a chance.
Other than the practice violations, was any of the speculation about the controversial RR really true? Most of us will probably never know. I for one have been behind him this whole time, and I know many other on this blog have been as well. It is a shame that it came down to him being fired, mostly due to what I believe is DB caving in to the pressure of a minority group.
I really hope DB figures out a great plan for the future to fix this.
This is where I blame Bill Martin -- he could have done MUCH more to help ease Rodriguez's transition, but did not -- I think in part because Martin was strictly a business guy, and didn't know how to talk to the alum athletes and coaches.
I don't think Rodriguez got a fair shake, and the Freep investigation was a witch-hunt. With that said, the violations were a big issue for me. I realize that they were minor, but they still happened, and again Martin takes some blame for not preventing it from happening in the first place.
I will take issue with the wanting RR-out group being a minority -- it was roughly split before the bowl game, and after the bowl game no poll was taken but I'd have been surprised if the "keep RR" group was a majority.
My attitude with the whole thing is that it's unfair, it could have gone much differently, but it was also too far gone to be fixed unless 10+ wins were a guarantee for the next few years.
Nearly 80 percent of fans wanted him fired.
Here's wishing you good luck and prosperity in 2011 from the Profitgoblue family. I've been onboard your bandwagon since day one and appreciated all you have done for the program, the University, and the local community. You brought joy and happiness to countless individuals and helped shape the lives of your players and fans alike.
As others have said (probably better than I), you have gained a lifelong fan of your endeavors in me. Again, best of luck to you and your family. There are obviously great things in your future.
good luck, coach.
As so many others have said, thanks coach. I have no doubt Rich will have success at his next stop, and I know that I will be rooting for him
Thank you RR! I will be a fan of yours wherever you go! Best of luck at your next gig and maybe we can grab a beer someday! :)
Thanks Coach. Good luck to you and your family. I am sure you will do well with whatever is in your future.
Anyone else get the feeling when he said "those who remain" that we are watching "Any Given Sunday" and RR was about to say he was taking Denard with him similar to when Al Pacino stated he was leaving and taking Willie Beaman? Maybe it was just me.
Thanks RR you brought alot of excitement around here with Shoelace and company! Wish you and your family nothing but the best!
Supported you the whole way... didnt want it to end but sometimes you have to cut the cord. Best of luck in the future....
Miss him already
as the pain of the losses go away. Favorite personal moment was getting to say congratulations to you after the Illinois game and my son getting your autograph on the Michigan Daily story on Denard. Best of luck, enjoy the time off and look forward to seeing your next team playing on Saturdays.
Thank you for the three years of service you gave to UM. In my opinion, and that of others, it was way to short of a time. Good luck in the future. I'm positive you will land on your feet somewhere good, and right, for you and your family. Thank you!!
Here's to you Coach Rod....I hope you end up at Clemson. While I'm not really a fan of the team, they are close by and on TV all the time. Plus I think you can have success there within 2 years.....and a lot more respect from the media, fans, and alumni
Not to mention that the resources there are better. They already run a similar offense, and he'll be able to get the speed a little quicker than it was taking him here. I hope he goes to Clemson and I wouldn't be surprised to see him there in 2011.
It was fun to watch him coach when things were clicking. Too bad it had to end this way. I wish him the best of luck.
Coach Rod is a good man and coach... All i can say is he really loved and was proud to coach michigan.. Think about it he had a chance to leave for Alabama when they offered him the world but he decided to stay at wvu. He would've fit so much better at bama than here but he stayed at wvu.. Then Michigan comes calling and he leaves his comfort zone with a team that was a drive away from the national championship. I know its killing him that he couldn't get this turned around because he's a winner. I am a long time michigan fan from west virginia thats followed the wolverines and had the honor of attending two games at the big house. My first in 2003 when michigan played purdue and my second was the ohio state game in 2005. It was truly an awesome experience and i know coach rod believed michigan was special place too or he would've never left wvu. I know I am proud of rrod and will always follow whatever team he is coaching.
Whether or not he deserved a 4th year is debatable, but I hope we can all agree that he is a good guy. I feel that he was treated poorly while he was here and I am worried that our new coach will also have half the fan base and media after him setting back the program further.
Wow. That is a classy statement. I would have probably unloaded both barrels at the media and what not. No one can deny that he is a good guy. Good luck Coach!
I hope Rich Rodriguez never plays Michigan in his career again, because I could never root against him. He's a fantastic man and upheld all the values in a football program we hold dear. It pains me that it didn't work out.
Obviously, best of luck in the future coach...
I, as many of you, strongly supported you from the very beginning and appreciate the efforts you made here. I was still holding out hope that you would return after the Fox report had been determined to be premature. You are a great coach and a better man. These past 3 years have not been the greatest, but it definitely was exciting. I just wish that you had all of the support from the very beginning and throughout your tenure. Good luck and I will always be a RR fan for life.
I wish Coach Rodriguez luck in his next stop and I am confident, for whatever that is worth, that he will be successful. I am sorry it didn't work out at Michigan, but I also know that, for any "mistakes" that were made, they were not made of ill intent.
Fair winds and following seas.
You deserved better than you received here. Where ever you end up will be my second favorite team.
I hope you know that there are a lot of Michigan fans that believe in you and wanted you to have more time.
I hope you succeed wherever you end up coach.
Since day one, RR has been criticized by fans, alumni, and former players because he wasn't a "Michigan man." He was never really given a fair opportunity to succeed here at Michigan. I'd be willing to bet that most people would be extremely bitter if they experienced what RR experienced during his tenure at Michigan.
RR could have easily decided not to release this statement, or he could have even released a statement bashing Michigan, but he didn't. Instead, he chose to take the high road and focus on the positives from his time here. This was a classy move by a coach with great character.
Good luck to you, Coach Rod, wherever you may end up. You can bet that I will always be one of your fans. Thanks for pouring your heart and soul into this program for the last three years. I wish it didn't end this way.
Good luck coach Rod.
for your hard work and effort. Things just didn't work out here but best of luck to you and your family on your next endeavors.
You are a Michigan man.
shows alot of class from a guy that really wanted to be here but just never worked out.
who wants to start a pitchfork mob with me that will descend upon the freep once richrod turns his next program into a juggernaut??
in all seriousness, i dont know why it didnt work here. but hes going to be good at his next school. i have no doubts
Wishing you all the best.
Good Luck Rich. Many of us really wanted this to work out.
You deserved much better than you got at UM.
I hope you read all this Rich. You're a good coach who had too many obstacles in your way. The offense was rolling, while the defensive players didnt pan out or transfered. With a good defense, we could be the next Oregon. We lost a great respected man. Best of Luck to your future, I will be rooting for you wherever you pursue your coaching career. Go Blue, and Goodluck.
Thanks for the ride Rich. Sorry you couldn't finish it. Good man and a class act.
Noticed any thanks to the administration was conspicuously absent, as it should be. They should have stood up for you.
Talk about an over-used title than now means the exact opposite of it's original. It used to refer to personal qualities and virtues. Now it only means you know the secret handshake and can get invited to the country club.
I'm fourth generation Michigan and I don't wish to associate myself with the term if it continues to mean what it has come to.
""I think things would have turned out differently if (Rodriguez) would have gotten a fair shake," Mealer said. "It seemed (from the beginning) people didn't want him."
"He's just always been (portrayed) as a villain, and he's nothing like that," Mealer said. "He's one of the greatest guys I have ever met in my life, and I wish people would just acknowledge that. As little as I know about football, I know his character is much different than people played it out to be."
With all the other things that have come to light, Stan Edwards' call to WTKA a couple months back talking about division, and DB's mentioning division during the press conf., it's clear there was a cabal that simply didn't want RR around, period.
So there was a group of "Michigan Men" who wanted to see RR fail. So much for "Michigan Men". Way to support the program.
I now expect a painful transition into another coaching staff. I hope these jerks who wouldn't support the program because (OMG HE SAYS "Y'ALL" AND "IRREGARDLESS") will be able to sit back and feel some shame as Michigan struggles yet again next year. Your savior Harbaugh isn't coming and you ran your current coach out of town. Now what? You've got less than a month to signing day and you DO NOT HAVE A COACH. Good job.
The effete, elitist and even classist segment of the fan base has been well represented throughout the entire ordeal. It doesn't speak well of our fans at all and lends a lot of creedence to what MSU and OSU fans have said about them for years.
My brother uses the word "irregardlessly" in conversations when he's trying to sound "smart". We just smile, and later mock him mercilessly behind his back.
Thanks Coach Rodriguez. You are a great man. I hope you win multiple MNC's. God knows you deserve it more than UofM right now. Don't know how people expect you to contend 3 yrs in when you are fighting administration and media the whole way. Didn't exactly help the school perception for recruits. Whatever though, you will be awesome at Clemson. Have some of that Nacho Dip tonight!
If you define Michigan Man as one who comes to Michigan and adopts and exemplifies the culture and unique traditions and right way to do things that is the University of Michigan, then you can understand what the term is supposed to mean and why Fielding Yost or Bo Schembechler or John Beilein or any other coach could come here and be called a "Michigan Man". Michigan Men are not born, they are made, and it is a state of mind and character and how you do things and how you approach things, not just your existance or admittance/graduation from the University.
That's why Freider, who graduated with an MBA from Michigan, was not a "Michigan Man" at the time Bo made the statement.......
statement Coach Rod made; I regret so much having to read it. I know the Dave Brandon feels he made the right choice, and I respect his opinion as well as the opinions of knowledgeable, well meaning people who felt it was best to let Coach Rod go; everyone is entitled to one as long as it is justifiable and in this case that opinion won out. I am quite frustrated however with the loud, ignorant minority who had it out for him because, essentially, he wasn't who they wanted at the helm. These folks are most identifiable by the joy they exhibited at him being released. These folk want some vague pipedream of a coach that probably doesn't exist. What really frustrates me is that they are still out there, waiting to see who Mr. Brandon selects for the job; if the man doesn't fit the mold and also struggles, they will be more than ready to shoot off their mouths and make the whole fan base look like crap once again.
i wish this man nothing but good luck in the future... he'll probably be at clemson in 5 years and is kicking our ass in a BCS bowl game... and all of the michigan fans will be saying, "I want to have a team like that..."
Good luck RR!
And please no brady hoke
Thank you Coach Rod. For the countless hours and sleepless nights you have endured from the first day of your hire, for the unwavering help that you have offered to the Mealer family and for inspiring the kids in maize and blue to stand up for their fellow team mates in the face of adversity, a sincere thank you.
You have been an absolute class act and I will always hold you in the highest regard as a "Michigan Man". Best wishes to you and your family.
at David Brandon calling Michigan football a 'brand'?
Is that really all it amounts to for him?
God I wish, if nothing else, he would stop referring to protecting a 'brand'. It isn't a pizza.
Brand is what you focus on when your product isn't any good.
I was so psyched when you came and I'm really disappointed it didn't work out. I'm sure you'll have success elsewhere. I'll always be a fan.
I wish RR all the best. I also wish things had turned out better, but I didn't really see the roadmap. Of course, I don't see it now either, so...
That's really sad that some people had a celebrated Coach Rods firing. I have never cheered against Michigan and never will but I hope he wins the whole Damn thing somewhere else and I believe he will. I just don't understand, they said we wanted to go forward but I cannot see how were going anywhere but straight back to where we were. I know one thing the next coach should thank him because he will find this program in alot better shape then Coach Rod. I for the very first time ever feel ashamed of Michigan. WOW I CANNOT BELIEVE I HAD TO TYPE THAT, WOW
To all those RR bashers,
You like where we are now?
Granted we might land Miles or Harbaugh but what if we do not? I'm not opposed to an upgrade but if we get BH or another non high profile coach. Wouldn't you want RR instead?
will always be in our hearts... we might have not had many wins, but the ones we did were amazing.
#2 Whoever is beating the hell out of Ohio State
#3 Rich Rods next team
I was so amped up when RR was hired, I opened a 1997 vintage champagne (from Bollinger, naturally, in honor of Michigan's then-president).
I do not feel he got a fair shake during his time here. From the media's skepticism (verging on disdain), to David Bradon's micro-managing (DB was in film rooms, on the side-lines, etc.), to the injuries, to the transfers, to the four-star busts. He took the fall for all that has gone wrong at Michigan from about 2004 to the present.
His style was wide-opened, aw-shucks, and fun. He had his young son on the sidelines with him after games, he married a cheerleader, and he had the tendency (dangerous as it was) to say what he was feeling. He was a red-blooded guy in a job that had come to be known as a blue-blooded one. What to him was sincerity was often mistaken for weakness. He gave three years of his life to this program, and although he made his share of mistakes he'll always be a Michigan man to me.
Thanks, Coach Rod. Your wins, while few, will out shine the losses. Good luck to where ever you go next.
Wish RR was still here....even if we could get Harbaugh!
we WERE on the brink of something special.
now, we're looking at 2015.
Thank you coach. I appreciate your hard work and spirit. I will always hope you do well in the future.
was today, or yesterday if you're being accurate..my wife made cupcakes for a party tomorrow (or today, if you're being accurate) with R's on the top.
love is awesome when your partner knows you. :)
everyone's invited. lol
northeast ohio. come celebrate to get your mind elsewhere.
Classy final statement from a guy who I think everyone would agree is a good man and genuinely cared about his players and Michigan Football. He might not have been successful but I do not think it was from a lack of effort or anything like that.
was a big mistake.