Rodriguez the right man at UM  

December, 17, 2007
12/17/07
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If I'm a Michigan fan, I'm ecstatic knowing the Wolverines have just landed Rich Rodriguez. I'd rather have him over any of the guys who had been linked to the UM job.

The former WVU coach is the godfather of the spread offense and a dynamic presence that Michigan football hasn't had in years. He's a new age coach moving on to a traditional powerhouse school that no longer had any momentum. That combination has been a smashing success, reviving USC, Oklahoma and now Florida.

Rodriguez is not only a masterful offensive coach who has been able to tweak his system to suit the skills of QBs from Shaun King (decent runner, accurate passer) to Woody Dantzler (great runner, shaky passer) to Pat White (great runner, pretty good passer), but also a charismatic leader who can connect with recruits. And he is a no-nonsense firebrand on the sideline. I remember talking to former WVU running backs Quincy Wilson and Kay-Jay Harris about Rodriguez's personality, and they both laughed about how he can get after people who screw up. "He can charm you guys [the media]," said Harris, "but you ain't on the sidelines after you missed a block. That's a whole 'nother Coach Rod."

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