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Rodriguez calls Michigan’s NCAA sanctions “B.S.”

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The Rich Rodriguez era at Michigan was a forgettable one for the Wolverines. From a fall from grace in the Big Ten,to ┬álosses to Ohio State and a brief detour from a winning tradition, there was much to forget about Rodriguez’s time in charge of Big Blue. Michigan was also slapped with NCAA sanctions during Rodriguez’s stay which today still bother the current Arizona head coach.

Michigan was charged by the NCAA for a failure to monitor the duties of the quality control staff members and time limits on football activities. During an interview with Seth Davis of, Rodriguez called those NCAA sanctions “a bunch of B.S.”

“I get mad when I think about that,” Rodriguez said. “To me, and I don’t mind saying it, I thought it was a bunch of B.S. We got in trouble for having, in the offseason, a strength coach putting a rubber ball on a stick to use as a get-off thing, as a thing when (the players) do the running. They said that’s using football equipment. A rubber ball on a stick. Now think about that, I could’ve put a hat on a stick. And that was something I got in trouble for.”

The infractions were a bit tedious compared to other violations that have been witnessed around the NCAA over the years. Rodriguez voiced more displeasure over some of the extremes of the violations that did occur at Michigan.

“Another thing we got in trouble for is letting some of the interns, or quality control guys, sit in the room with the coaches while we watched film,” Rodriguez explained. “Not giving any input, just sit there and learn … and that’s a violation. There are schools now that are hiring ex-NFL coaches and scouts to do that full-time for them. And I got a violation because of that.”

Rodriguez is coaching his second season at Arizona, where the Wildcats have not been tied to any potential violations under his watch. This comes after a year away from the game and working in television. Rodriguez and Arizona take on USC late Thursday night.

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11 Responses to “Rodriguez calls Michigan’s NCAA sanctions “B.S.””
  1. barkleyblows says: Oct 10, 2013 9:13 PM

    He was the perfect fit at Michigan. A cheating head coach for a cheating program.

  2. mauldawg says: Oct 10, 2013 9:43 PM

    Rich Rod is a me first coach. Always has been and always will be. He would throw is mother under the bus if it would help him. I would never let my son (if I had one) play for this scum bag. He couldn’t tell the truth if his life was at stake. He will cheat if he thinks he can get by with it or blame someone else if he gets caught.

  3. longtallsam says: Oct 10, 2013 9:49 PM

    Mauldawg, you seem to know so much about Rodriguez, tell us what were the violations that were so terrible.

  4. polegojim says: Oct 10, 2013 11:50 PM

    Go BLUE….

    Kevin… please don’t EVER post a pic with RR wearing Michigan gear again… delete, purge, clear the memory please!

    It’s sickening just seeing it… and I just ate dinner.

  5. mauldawg says: Oct 11, 2013 5:25 AM

    longtallsam Just google Michigan NCAA Football violations. There are many pages to read most from Michigan sports pages. Terrible or not RR was the HC and it is his job to see the program is in compliance with NCAA rules. He over sees the football program. RR states in more that once “I’m at fault,but so are others”. That is RRs way throw his staff under the bus instead of saying I’m the HC it falls on me.

  6. msennett says: Oct 11, 2013 7:34 AM

    I hate if for Arizona fans. They are trying to revive a program and see RR as “not that bad”. In the end, they will be only marginally competetive and a under NCAA investigation when they decide they’ve had enough. And believe me, the time will come. He knows more about football then Lane Kiffin, but he leads the very same way.

  7. cubano76 says: Oct 11, 2013 9:26 AM

    I couldn’t care less about Arizona or Michigan. But RR just seems like he’s always pissed at somebody else for something. Anyway, time to watch The Price is Right.

  8. irishdodger says: Oct 11, 2013 10:26 AM

    I wonder if his mansion in West Virginia ever sold?

  9. skwackquackwoof says: Oct 11, 2013 1:24 PM

    I don’t have a problem with RR… But then again I am not a Michigan or WVU fan. He did put West Virginia football back on the map though, even if it was only to immediately abandon them.

  10. maddog111 says: Oct 11, 2013 2:48 PM

    We got in trouble for having, in the offseason, a strength coach putting a rubber ball on a stick to use as a get-off thing.
    Umm, what?

  11. liveaid says: Oct 12, 2013 8:12 PM

    All you RichRod haters should pull your heads out of your asses. Michigan got better each year under Rodriguez. They’re going downhill under Hoke – it’s embarrassing. It took LUCK to beat Akron. It took LUCK to beat UConn. This Michigan team absolutely SUCKS. Arizona fans should feel Blessed!!!

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