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Rich Rodriguez: a tale of two coaches

On August 14th, Rich Rodriguez will appear in front of the NCAACommittee on Infractions to plead his case regarding five majorallegations against Michigan’s football program. The notice ofallegations, made back in February, included failure to documentfootball practice hours adequately, impermissible use of qualitycontrol staff members and failure to promote an atmosphere ofcompliance. 

Of all the things that will be discussed thatday, the recent notice of allegations against WVU will not be one ofthem. West Virginia will have its own hearing with the NCAA.

In a response to the West Virginia allegations, Rodriguez claimed “I have always taken compliance seriously,” and went on to say “any errors certainly weren’t made intentionally.”

Oh, really?

A closer look at the NCAA report on West Virginia shows that in violation 5(a) “Prior to the 2005-06 academic year through the fall semester of the 2007-08 academic year, the [WVU] compliance staff communicated concerns to the football staff regarding various individuals with interactions with football student-athletes during practice and game-day activities. However, individuals who were considered to be noncoaching sport-specific staff members continued to engage in impermissible activities… subsequent to the discussions.”

In layman’s terms, West Virginia’s compliance staff told Rodriguez he was breaking the rules and he ignored them. It is interesting to note that nowhere in the investigation does it mention the compliance staff expressing concern to Bill Stewart or his assistants–for better or for worse.

When West Virginia faces the NCAA in December, it is likely Rodriguez will very much be a man of interest. The fact of the matter remains that there are two programs with squeaky-clean histories which now face major NCAA violations. Both programs have one common denominator.  

Under his contract, Rodriguez can be fired if theNCAA, Big Ten or Michigan determines he is guilty of a majorNCAA violation and/or he has purposely committed any othertype of violation.


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15 Responses to “Rich Rodriguez: a tale of two coaches”
  1. JaggedMark says: Aug 7, 2010 9:31 PM

    And the witch hunt continues…

  2. Luke says: Aug 7, 2010 10:28 PM

    Witch hunt??!? Dude, wake up and smell the stench. He’s covered in sh*t.

  3. andrewcook420 says: Aug 7, 2010 11:07 PM

    I wish Les Miles would have just taken the damn job then none of this would have happened Ryan Mallet would have stayed and Michigan would be competing for Big Ten titles instead of being a bottom feeder.

  4. gbditka says: Aug 7, 2010 11:54 PM

    Winning a Big 10 title is the equivalent of getting 2 out of 6 numbers on a Powerball ticket…you’re still a loser!

  5. smokehouse says: Aug 8, 2010 11:49 AM

    gbditka, just what the hell does that mean? Are you trying to trash the Big 10 and for what reason other than just hear yourself talk. You obviously don’t know what the hell your talking about.

  6. WVUColumbus says: Aug 8, 2010 12:56 PM

    smokehouse-actually the majority of the country has the same feelings as gbditka.
    The Big Ten really isn’t that strong of a conference other than Ohio State.

  7. blitz4848 says: Aug 8, 2010 1:39 PM

    Look how the Big 10 projects itself……This is SUPPOSED to be the hard nosed, smash mouth play in any weather blue collar conference. No one has a dome in this conference and they supposedly like the elements & they play to their advantage. So they go out & put their inaugaral conference championship in a climate controled dome stadium. What’s with that choice……
    Does that mean that the 2nd yr they will decide to project a better image & move it outside….like to Orlando? What was Delany thinking????

  8. Pier588 says: Aug 8, 2010 1:49 PM

    giddi-upDitka – presenting the “horse’s ass” point of view from his WV flaming couch; nice to see DickRod left that tradition behind at WVU.
    Is your Powerball 401K plan working for you?

  9. Brutus B Columbus Ohio says: Aug 8, 2010 1:59 PM

    @ gbditka and WVUColumbus
    gbditka – Are you saying the Big Ten is worse than the Big 12, PAC 10, ACC and Big East? Get real!
    WVUColumbus – I suspect that PSU, Wisc and Iowa may tend to disagree with you.

  10. gbditka says: Aug 8, 2010 2:33 PM

    All I have to say is the Big Ten records vs ALL conferences in Bowl Games between 1900-2007 leaves the conference with the following:
    Wins: 97
    Losses: 106
    Ties: 1
    Overall Winning Percentage: 0.477
    The 3 conferences that have owned the Big 10 in this Century plus of Bowl games:
    PAC-10 has beat Big 10 41 times vs 34 losses
    SEC has beat Big 10 33 times vs 20 losses
    ACC has beat Big 10 12 times vs 6 losses
    And with the SEC winning the past 2 National Championships in the period not covered above,
    I will say the Big 10 is worse…luckily Nebraska is coming to bring respectability in one program.

  11. WolverineLennox says: Aug 8, 2010 4:03 PM

    We’re talking about practice…

  12. PacificBlue says: Aug 9, 2010 12:02 AM

    Notice how well the Big Ten did in the bowls last year. Yeah. Didn’t bother to add that into your “equation”.
    & since we’re discussing Michigan because as you may have missed, this was a biased anti-Michigan topic to begin with. The “Oh really?” was quite clear where the article was going, FWIW…
    & how is it that bowl games (played on “neutral” fields nearest the opponents’ campuses) determine whether a conference “sucks” or not? How many times does a Big Ten team have to go to the Rose Bowl to play U$C on a “neutral field” or to Florida (Citrus/Orange/Outback) to play on a “neutral field”??? Otherwise, gbditka, you have a very flawed argument that didn’t include other conference “bowl records”. About as flawed as the article writer.
    Witch hunt continues? Indeed. For all the hatred toward RR, I hope he surprises all this year or next…

  13. thebigirish says: Aug 9, 2010 12:07 AM

    Christ Kercheval just because Rich Rod broke your heart doesn’t mean you need to promote these complete and utter fabrications. Leave the man alone.
    On a side note gbditka, are you really trying to state how good the big ten is now by bringing up bowl records from a time when they did not even have the forward pass? Come on man.

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