The Rich Rodriguez era at Michigan was a forgettable one for the Wolverines. From a fall from grace in the Big Ten,to losses 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 CampusInisders.com, 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.
The American Athletic Conference released its 2016 conference schedule highlighted by, oddly enough, non-conference games that pit league gem Houston against Oklahoma (on opening day at Houston’s NRG Stadium) and Louisville (in Houston on Nov. 19).
Those two games, more than any others, will sink or swim the conference’s chances of not only grabbing the Group of Five spot in the New Year’s Six, but a spot in the College Football Playoff itself.
The 2016 conference slate kicks off with Navy meeting Connecticut on Sept. 10 and concludes with the second annual AAC title game on Dec. 3 at a to-be-determined campus site.
The AAC led the way in scheduling Power 5 opponents — highlighted by a Week 3 schedule that will see the entire East Division punching up a weight class — and includes the likes of Florida State, Maryland, N.C. State, Virginia, Syracuse, Kansas, TCU and Oklahoma (for all intents and purposes) visiting AAC campuses.
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Just like we all thought when watching him play at Notre Dame, Tommy Rees will be in the NFL in 2016. Just not as a quarterback.
The San Diego Chargers announced his hiring as an obnoxiously vague offensive assistant, assisting with the club’s offense in some form that they aren’t inclined to elaborate on.
After completing a career in which he threw for 7,670 yards with 61 touchdowns against 37 interceptions from 2010-13, Rees was cut by the Washington Redskins in 2014, then spent the 2014-15 seasons as a graduate assistant at Northwestern.
The post-National Signing Day coaching carousel is now in full tilt.
According to a report from Adam Caplan of ESPN, Wisconsin defensive backs coach Daronte Jones is leaving to become the assistant defensive backs coach for the Miami Dolphins.
The Badgers already endured a significant loss this winter after defensive coordinator Dave Aranda took a lateral position with LSU. He was replaced in January by former USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox.
Jones spent but 13 months in Madison, a January 2015 addition to Paul Chryst‘s first staff after spending three seasons at Hawaii.
Wisconsin possessed one of college football’s top pass defenses in 2015; the Badgers ranked seventh nationally in pass defense, tied for sixth in yards per attempt allowed, placed third in opponent completion percentage and finished second in pass efficiency defense.
The past year has been quite a ride for running back Silas Nacita. The former Baylor walk-on is now playing football in Germany after signing a contract with the Marburg Mercenaries.
“Signed a contract today with a professional football team in Germany,” Nacita announced on his Instagram account. “When I said I’d go anywhere to play, I meant it. It’s obviously not the NFL, but this is the opportunity that is in front of me. I have always wanted to travel the world, but because of football I haven’t been able to. Now, because of football, I’ll have that chance. Furthermore, and most importantly, I’ll have the opportunity to answer Jesus’ call to go into all the world and preach the gospel! Upon receiving my college degree, it’s off to Marburg. I’m excited for this next step in my crazy journey!”
For those who do not remember, Nacita was ruled to be an ineligible player by Baylor last spring after accepting help from a friend. After being bounced out of Baylor, Nacita took off for the NAIA, where he once again ran into some eligibility hurdles.
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