From the “duh” department, fired Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez now claims that leaving West Virginia to take the job in Ann Arbor might have been a mistake. Um, yeah Rich, we know.
After a less-than-stellar stint at Michigan that saw his teams go 15-22 and come under NCAA scrutiny for various rules violations, Rodriguez was fired on January 5 of this year.
“I think it’s easy to go back now and say, ‘Gee, made a mistake.’ And you can say that now because of hindsight. But at the time some of the things I was looking to do and the opportunity that was there, you kind of make the move.”
“Hindsight is always easier to look back and say, ‘It was a mistake.’ Because we did have a good thing going at West Virginia, and we really enjoyed it. As you look back at it, wasn’t the best move. Easy to say now.”
In seven seasons at West Virginia, Rodriguez led the Mountaineers to a 60-26 record, four Big East championships and two BCS bowls. In departing Morgantown for the Michigan job he was also leaving his alma mater, where he played defensive back from 1981-84.
At Michigan RichRod led the Wolverines to records of 3-9, 5-7 and 7-6. He made one bowl game, the 2010 Gator Bowl, which resulted in an embarrassing 52-14 loss to Mississippi State. His teams were just 6-18 in the Big Ten, and never finished higher than seventh place.
So I think we can all agree Rodriguez’s time in Ann Arbor was an unmitigated disaster. Apparently, now he thinks so too.