So I haven't seen this posted yet, and I'm still looking for a link to coverage of the event that isn't the Freep (print only article here http://www.freep.com/print/article/20100525/SPORTS06/100525064/Michigan-s-Mary-Sue-Coleman-Rich-Rodriguez-end-day-at-alumni-gathering-in-Lansing) but yesterday in Lansing there was an Alumni Association Event with some Michigan State Senators and State Reps. Mary Sue Coleman spoke for a while, as did Rich. They got there late as their cars broke down, and in general, Rich seemed like he was ready to put the last 2 years, the violations, the Jihad, everything behind him and just get back to work.
He had a great sense of humor throughout his speech , including things like "Well, how was your day? Mine was interesting!" and saying "I know cars break down... but when ours broke down near East Lansing... I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried" (I'm paraphrasing) Rich also said he's been really appreciative of all of the support and patience shown to him. He said that he's as upset as anyone over the last two years, and he said that he and the program are ready to turn a corner. "Having young guys get experience is great... and really scary while it's happening" He made it seem like the team is really ready to turn a corner this year, they're getting experience at the right positions, depth, and all the things football teams need to succeed.
My favorite comment was when he said "People often ask me how many offensive coordinators I've got, and I tell them I've got 110,000 every Saturday, and twice as many on Sundays!" That got its own chuckle, before he added "Aw crap, now the NCAA is probably going to call me!!"
Anyway, I thought he spoke really well, he seems ready to begin the next chapter of his career as the coach at "The greatest University in America" and his goal is to build the best football program in america, and they're well on their way.