OT-SI follows RR during his first 2 days in AZ

Submitted by MGoShtoink on November 30th, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Two very interesting articles on Rich Rodriguez's first 48 hours as the Arizona head coach:

The first is the play-by-play:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1192629/1/index.htm

The second is a summary:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/andy_staples/11/30/rich-rodriguez-arizona-hire/index.html

Sounds like both RR and Arizona learned from the mistakes highlighted in 3&O.

I wish him all the best.

Comments

michgoblue

December 1st, 2011 at 11:24 AM ^

WE don't know everything that went down that may have led the players - again, many, not just a few isolated individuals - to feel the way that they did. 

But, putting that aside, there is a meme around here that "the former players undermined RR."  Can you please tell me which players you are referring to and what specifically they did?

Brayon's "Lloyd Carr's Michigan Wolverines" wasn't my favorite comment, but it can also be viewed as simply paying homage to his former close who recently retired.

Other than that comment, I am not aware of players saying anything the was offensive to RR.  Honest criticism (i.e. Desmond saying that Michigan needs to get back to playing Michigan defense) is just that - honest criticism.

MGoNukeE

December 1st, 2011 at 12:45 PM ^

It's not like former players were coming back to the program and suggesting to the players that they should transfer away from Rodriguez. (insert shot at Lloyd Carr here)

But not supporting the program while Rodriguez was here and showing a lot more support for the program while Hoke is here shows that Rodriguez had a more difficult time succeeding at Michigan than Hoke has now.

Section 1

December 1st, 2011 at 2:27 PM ^

Brayon's [sic] "Lloyd Carr's Michigan Wolverines" wasn't my favorite comment, but it can also be viewed as simply paying homage to his former close who recently retired. 

It could, if you are as gullible as Braylon would like you to be, or if you are as stupid as Braylon is.

There's no mistaking Braylon's intent.  And there's no mistaking the fact that it was one of many stupid and disloyal comments that Braylon made about Rodriguez.  It is also just one more item in a rather long line of shit-stupid things Braylon has done in his life off the football field.

Blue Durham

December 1st, 2011 at 1:19 PM ^

populated with such real Michigan fans.  I totally fail in this regard as I only have 3 degrees from the school and think there are more important things (like integity, the University and its acedemic programs, etc.) than winning football games.

Oh, and Bo had a losing record against Earl Bruce.  I guess by your logic, clearly Bruce emphasized the game more than Bo.  But Bo did have an astounding record agains Indiana, so he must have really been emphasizing that one.

This emphasizing the game stuff is so fucking stupid and orginates with Tressel.  Under Tressel, OSU won because they had a better game plan and better players.  Carr didn't stop emphasizing the game after Cooper was fired, He out-coached Cooper and was out-coached by Tressel. 

This is akin to if Tressel had said that OSU had to have more emphasis on team circle-jerks before "the game" people would be attributing his success and our failures on our not emphasizing pre-game team circle-jerks enough.

Better players and better gameplans win games, not hollow platitudes and stupid countdown clocks.

 

 

 

Blue boy johnson

December 1st, 2011 at 3:44 PM ^

I think Hoke uses the countdown clocks and the other stuff not to emphasize the game, but rather, to give the team something to focus upon on a daily basis. The OSU game will always be there as a carrot at the end of the season. Emphasizing "The Game" is an effective way to motivate players year round. "Beat Ohio", is a singular unifying galvanizing force at Hoke's disposal for the duration of his career to get players to do more and give more on a daily basis than they otherwise might.

Why did players spend extra time in film study? To beat Ohio

Why did players do all the seven on seven drills in the summer? To beat Ohio

The list could go on and on and on. Brilliant on Hoke's part

bluebloodedfan

November 30th, 2011 at 11:16 PM ^

It does seem that he has at least adopted adapting his coaching style to fit his players. I think that made his transition here a little more difficult. His experience at Michigan will make him a better coach in Arizona, I think. Could be wrong, just my opinion. 

Tagg

December 1st, 2011 at 11:31 AM ^

I wasn't aware Rodriguez ever coach a juggernaut. If you think Michigan was a juggernaut before he came you better grab a dictionary because Michigan definately does not fit the the definition in any way.

ATLWolverine

December 1st, 2011 at 4:04 PM ^

How many of the things he in his 48 hours were predicted in the "If Rich Rod Learned Anything At Michigan, He Will..." thread. Nice predictions, MGoBloggers.

Mentioning "Bear Down" with enthusiasm, meeting with a core of former pros and being unblinking yet polite about firing the existing staff are 3 that come to mind.

Asgardian

December 3rd, 2011 at 7:56 PM ^

When you hear your ex-girlfriend started dating somebody new (even when you decided to break up with her, it kind of hits your self esteem a little bit...

unless you're already dating a new smokeshow.  In which case, you're probably pretty happy for your ex-gf if she's a decent person.

 

Big collection of RR to AZ coverage:

http://tucsoncitizen.com/wildcatreport/2011/11/30/rich-rodriguez-at-arizona-the-ultimate-links-collection/