Is RR still in Michigan?

Submitted by Steve in PA on January 14th, 2011 at 12:36 PM

In a non-stalker sense I'm curious what a fired coach does.  His family must have made friends there over the last 3 years, and his kid(s) are in school so what does a coach do?  I would think that going back to WV isn't an option since the people there loathed him and I think there would be more bitter whackos than in AA.

Just curious, does anyone know?



January 14th, 2011 at 12:45 PM ^

Salvation Army article on ESPN it says he is "going some place warm with his buddies this weekend".


I'd imagine he'll be in Mich till he gets a new gig.

King Douche Ornery

January 14th, 2011 at 12:47 PM ^

How guys come to message boards to get life's important questions answered?

Who CARES where Rodriguez is? I would have gotten so far and so fast out of Michigan I might not have wiped my ass if I had to take a shit after the meeting with Brandon.

Besides, Rodriguez had about, oh, since the Penn State game to prepare for this.


January 14th, 2011 at 1:15 PM ^

I think it's weirder that people come on the internet and post mental gonorrhea like this:

"Besides, Rodriguez had about, oh, since the Penn State game to prepare for this."

The guy wanted to be here, wanted to be the head football coach at Michigan, and if he'd gotten a decent matchup in the bowl game, he'd still be here.

Alvin Wistert

January 15th, 2011 at 5:07 PM ^

It may not have worked out with the football program, but he did not dump on Ann Arbor.  From the information available he was very active fundraising and visiting children at C.S. Mott Children's hospital.  If anything he seemed to donate of his time to make Ann Arbor a better place.


January 14th, 2011 at 12:50 PM ^

He is apparently not going to be coaching in 2011, and there’s no point in moving until he knows where he’ll ultimately be.

Sure, it’s awkward to hang around in the town where you got fired, most people seem to like Rodriguez and his family personally, whatever they may have thought of his coaching. I don’t think he’ll get hassled, and it’s probably better to let the kids finish the school year.

Besides, where else is he going to go? He caught a lot of grief when he left West Virginia. I can’t imagine that moving back there temporarily would be any better than just staying where he is until he gets a new position.


January 14th, 2011 at 5:55 PM ^

He owns a house in South Carolina where his family spends vacations. He could easily move there if he wanted to... unless he thinks his kids need to stay in the same school for another year. I have no idea how old Rhett and Raquel are, but it would probably make no sense to have them spend one school year in South Carolina and then move to Boston College or wherever RR is going to be next year. 

Steve in PA

January 14th, 2011 at 12:56 PM ^

If I was in that position, I'd still have two kids in school and friends in the area so "going somewhere warm" would only mean taking my wife on a vacation.

I must be getting old since I find myself more and more curious about the families in situations like this.


January 14th, 2011 at 1:14 PM ^

I hate it when the kids get pulled into the situation. I was NOT a fan of Weis, but I felt for him when he said his son was getting picked on at school. They are kids; they have nothing to do with one's coaching ability.


January 14th, 2011 at 1:52 PM ^

One of the biggest fears I had about the whole coaching change fiasco was having his kids dragged into the fray.  I mentioned it once and basically was "told" that the kids will be fine since Rodriguez is getting $2.5 million.  People are not nice and what happens?  Little kids get hurt in the process.  Its really, really sad and people should have some compassion, even ones that wanted Rodriguez out.


January 14th, 2011 at 12:57 PM ^

Why move twice? 

As for Sean Ornery's post, what amazes me is that people who claim they arent interested actually read the thread and post a comment.  I


January 14th, 2011 at 12:58 PM ^

UConn just hired Pasqualoni so that job's out. Pitt has their coach and poached Calvin Magee and Tony Gibson from RR. Probably too close to signing day for him to find and start a new job now.

So I assume he takes a year off and tries to forget the mess he endured in Ann Arbor.  Where does he end up next?  Which coaches are on the proverbial hot seat in 2011? What programs are potentially better "fits" for him than U-M turned out to be?


January 14th, 2011 at 1:07 PM ^

Dabo wanting Michigan? Like as his OC? That would be a really awful decision for him. Why would you want a guy, who many people want to have your job, and is much more famous than you, breathing down your neck?


January 14th, 2011 at 1:20 PM ^

I hope not... GaTech is my favorite ACC team... and I don't want to have to root against them.  Wherever RR lands, that'll (in all likelihood) be my 2nd favorite team to watch.

Man, to be honest, CFB has made me depressed... I need baseball season to come around... oh wait, I'm a Mets fan.



January 14th, 2011 at 1:55 PM ^

Dabo Swinney just hired the OC from Tulsa, Chad Morris.  Besides, is Rich Rod's rep really so damaged by the UM experience that he'd have to take a coordinator job before getting another shot at a HC position? I doubt it.


January 14th, 2011 at 1:32 PM ^

He's set financially.  After the  high stress he went through the last 3 years, he probably needs to decompress. Maybe he'd consider an HC position in the FCS or division II in the future?  RR definitely loves to coach though and probably will be back in the picture 2012.


January 14th, 2011 at 2:51 PM ^

$1 mill or so, he had to pay for his own lawyers in the ncaa violation to defend the claim of "failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program" at UM and will have to do it again for the WVU ncaa case, he is on some kind of ncaa probation and probably considered tainted by all major D1 schools, he still is being sued for some bad real estate deal or ponzi scheme, he is hated in his home state of WV, hated in Michigan.  I hope he sees better days in the future. 


January 14th, 2011 at 1:33 PM ^

Yeah he is.

Sad story for you guys:

I am good friends with a teacher at Saline HS and the kids of RR and his staff that go to Saline are being insulted and bullied by other kids because of how RR got fired and his poor record at Michigan. It has gotten so bad that some of the coaches kids had to go home because they were being physically threatened and were crying because of the berating. 

I know kids are kids and Michigan kids are probably not much different than WV kids, but this just broke my heart. I thought we could be above all of that crap. RR and his staff tried their hardest and their kids don't deserve the disrespect nor abuse that they are receiving. 

I wish RR, his staff, and their families the best. If I saw them around A2 I would wish them well and tell them I'm still "All In" for Michigan and wherever his future takes him.