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Rich Rodriguez’s message to Nick Saban: ‘Cry me a river’

During SEC media days, Alabama head coach Nick Saban once again made his case for a rule to be implemented which would slow some of the uptempo offenses found around college football.

Saban cited injury concerns as well as a lack of player development and coaching as reasons why college football needs to slow the pace of these offenses.

Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez is having none of what Saban is selling.

“Cry me a river. No one comes to games to watch defensive coaches,” Rodriguez told’s Brett McMurphy.

There are two positions which clearly exist within this bickering.

First and foremost, Saban sees uptempo play and lack of substitutions as a competitive advantage for teams that play at a major faster pace than most of the teams in the SEC. Meanwhile, those coaches who can’t recruit with the likes of Alabama simply see it as a way to even the playing field.

And, despite Rodriguez’s bold claim, Alabama is one of the most successful teams in college football with a defensive mastermind at the helm. Rodriguez may be an offensive genius, but the Arizona Wildcats are 16-10 the last two seasons and the coach has never led a team to a national championship game.

Nick Saban’s response to Rodriguez should be very simple — to paraphrase hockey great Patrick Roy — “I can’t hear what Rich is saying, because my ears are blocked with two of my four national championship rings.”

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29 Responses to “Rich Rodriguez’s message to Nick Saban: ‘Cry me a river’”
  1. jrs45 says: Jul 26, 2014 4:56 PM

    Best michigan coach ever.

  2. dmarado says: Jul 26, 2014 4:58 PM

    Meh, Rodriguez is right. Saban’s “case” has already been disproved. Football is bad enough with all the stoppages it has, thank god we have the Oregons and the Arizonas to pick up the pace. Because really I just want to watch Papa John’s commercials on Saturdays and not the actual game.

  3. tigersfandan says: Jul 26, 2014 5:09 PM

    Nick Saban’s response to Rodriguez should be very simple — to paraphrase hockey great Patrick Roy — “I can’t hear what Rich is saying, because my ears are blocked with two of my four national championship rings.”

    I can’t even imagine what the comments section would look like if that happened!

  4. rolltide510 says: Jul 26, 2014 5:12 PM

    If a person only gets satisfaction from watching the offense in a football game, I’d suggest they stick to Sundays.

  5. Deb says: Jul 26, 2014 5:26 PM

    I’m sure Nick is devastated to be criticized by Rick Rodriguez. Is that guy still coaching? Oh … right. Arizona.

    Offenses wouldn’t have sped up so much–especially in the NFL–if defenses hadn’t been castrated by rule changes. Let these little rocket-launchers try playing against the rules governing defensive backs in the 70s and see how long they remain upright. As Hall of Fame linebacker Jack Lambert said, it would have been easier to just put skirts on them. I’m sorry Rich Rod thinks all fans are dimwits who get bored unless touchdowns are scored every five minutes. But some of us do appreciate great defensive play.

    And thanks to CFT, where we can discuss these issues freely. If I tried to post this on PFT, I’d be censored for criticizing the league, calling Rodriquez “Rich Rod,” and using the word dimwits on a family forum. Oh my!!

  6. musketmaniac says: Jul 26, 2014 6:01 PM

    love it, one fellow mountaineer against another fellow mountaineer. Have to side with rich rod on this one. Now if someone can only explain to me why we have some as.hole from Iowa coaching us.

  7. florida727 says: Jul 26, 2014 6:29 PM

    As an SEC fan, when not rooting for Florida, I should at least root for ‘Bama, and I have. But on this one, I agree with RichRod. If there’s no rule in place that controls pace-of-play, then recruit the athletes to stop it if you don’t like it. Better yet, recruit an unstoppable offense that keeps possession of the ball as long as possible, and always scores (touchdowns preferably), then you’ll never have to worry about losing to an uptempo team. Sorry, Nick, I respect you and what you’ve accomplished, but on this one, you stepped out of bounds a little short of the goal line.

    Good luck, everyone. Hope your favorite team has a great season. College football is only weeks away!

  8. BrownsTown says: Jul 26, 2014 7:10 PM

    Saban also thinks face masks and the forward pass have ruined the game.

  9. Deb says: Jul 26, 2014 8:37 PM

    @florida727 …

    Agree with you that Nick is wrong on this one. We don’t need additional rules to control the pace of the game. That’s what the defense is for. But, gee whiz, can they stop implementing rules that neuter defenses? Just let everyone play.

  10. dcroz says: Jul 26, 2014 9:07 PM

    And let’s not forget: Rich Rod was offered the Alabama job and accepted before it was offered to Saban, but changed his mind when he returned to Morgantown to tell his players goodbye and then decided he just couldn’t bring himself to do so (though this wasn’t a consideration a year later when Michigan came a-callin’). Considering how his career has went since then, perhaps ol’ Rich is having some issues with Saban beyond his complaints about up-tempo offenses?

  11. rtrmatt says: Jul 26, 2014 9:27 PM

    HUNH – say that out loud….hunnnhhh. Sounds like a noise that would be made when sitting on the toilet. Speaking of the toilet, that could summarize Richrod’s career.

    The hurry up as it is today exists because of the change from the 25 second play clock where the refs whistled the ball into play and the offenses couldn’t snap it until then. Now it is 40 seconds and as soon as the ball is on the ground the QB can snap it. Obviously this is problematic for defenses who cannot get into position and substitute. Maybe defensive coaches can figure it out and maybe not, but either way the game of college football has changed because of it. Maybe no defense and 70-69 ballgames are what people want.

    There are no studies to prove that there can be more injuries because of this change. There are also no studies to prove that a parachute works either, yet we know that they do.

    Rich Rodriguez passing on the Bama job was the beat thing that could’ve happened to Bama and the worst thing that has happened to Michigan in a long time.

  12. gatorprof says: Jul 26, 2014 10:13 PM

    Dear Rich Rod,

    Congrats on winning the “2013 AdvoCare V100 Bowl” and the “2012 Gildan New Mexico Bowl”.

    Also, until you have at least one ring and can constitute a pimple on Mr. Saban’s buttocks in terms of coaching prowess, please refrain from speaking.

  13. musketmaniac says: Jul 26, 2014 10:43 PM

    Karma was what happened at Michigan. First, Bad karma for the wolverines for raiding both of our top coaches. and double for rich rod for throwing the pitt game. couldn’t accept the Michigan job and play for the national championship. I’ve always been indifferent with Rodriguez. never a fan, but I think he surprises everybody and takes Arizona into the playoffs within two years.

  14. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 26, 2014 11:14 PM

    Rich Rod I don’t think Nick Satan’s gives a rats behind what you think of him. What have u accomplished? How many national championships have you won? OK now sit down and shut up. Go and play in the Bowl and be quiet

  15. skipcastaneda says: Jul 26, 2014 11:24 PM

    why is Rich Rodriguez such an asshole? I’m Mexican and I think he’s a Spic bastard!

  16. boomer1451 says: Jul 27, 2014 12:40 AM

    This is the only way UofA would ever be mentioned in the same article as Alabama… Saban needs to shut it tho. Offenses and defenses have evolved over the years through all levels of football. It’s not about changing rules, it’s about adapting and getting better. UofA sucks…Go Devils!

  17. coolhorn46 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:44 AM

    The fact is, offenses and defenses take turns getting the upper hand in modern day football, and despite Saban’s pleas, there is no way to legislate equality on the field.

    HUNH offenses don’t cause any significantly more injuries than the old three yards and a cloud of dust offenses did. HUNH offenses don’t impede player development. Smart defensive coaches figure out ways to slow down those offenses, just as they’ve been slowing down offenses for well over a hundred years.

    I won’t slam Saban for taking a position of self-interest where his team is concerned…I don’t know of a head coach out there that wouldn’t do that. I just wish the off season would hurry up and get over with…I’m ready for wars on the field instead of wars of words that just don’t mean much.

  18. tigersfandan says: Jul 27, 2014 3:24 PM

    musketmaniac says:
    Jul 26, 2014 10:43 PM
    Karma was what happened at Michigan. First, Bad karma for the wolverines for raiding both of our top coaches. and double for rich rod for throwing the pitt game. couldn’t accept the Michigan job and play for the national championship. I’ve always been indifferent with Rodriguez. never a fan, but I think he surprises everybody and takes Arizona into the playoffs within two years.

    The Michigan job is more prestigious than the West Virginia job. If you don’t like that, too bad.

  19. musketmaniac says: Jul 27, 2014 4:27 PM

    Agreed, but I don’t think Karma cared.

  20. musketmaniac says: Jul 27, 2014 4:54 PM

    oh and prestige tiger, WVU is 3-0 in Bcs games. Not so much prestige, but success. I like success, one might say I like success more than I like prestige. Let’s compare the two. Michigan and its prestige is 2-3 in bcs games. so if we absolutely tanked our next two, wvu without that prestige would be dead even with Michigan and theirs. lets poke further. Only 18 teams have been to 3 bcs games less than ten have won 3 bcs games. lets sample more prestige teams bcs track record. Notre Dame is a god awful 0-4. Alabama is 3-3. Auburn 2-1, Lsu 4-1, Va. tech 1-6. wow now that I look at this, Wvu is about success, as teams with more pretige, are not. Some people might consider our 3-0 record as one of the best bcs records of all time. Only one of 18 teams that have played 3 bcs games or more still undefeated. Those stats alone put WVU in the top 5% in college football during the Bcs era. whats more prestigious than that. lol go EERS, and dan have a nice day.

  21. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Jul 28, 2014 12:06 PM

    Michigan used to be a destination job, used to be. WVU used to be a successful program. Now as I look at potential, both coaching and players, I see that even though the 10 is a weaker conference WVU will be going back to the bigger bowl games sooner then Michigan. I herd that Michigan was expanding their stadium again. This time to accommodate Hokes gut. Any truth to that????

  22. musketmaniac says: Jul 28, 2014 2:48 PM

    I hope your right wish, but I think Oliver Luck is more interested in making money than he is winning.

  23. rocket1988 says: Jul 28, 2014 4:42 PM

    Don’t ever listen to some body from W. Va. You think karma had anything to do with both coaches leaving? How about more $ & playing for National Championships? You must still be butt hurt about God awful ND owning you over the years.

  24. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Jul 28, 2014 4:44 PM

    I agree, what luck did with ticket prices alienated a big part of the fan base. I guess its hard to understand what is too expensive for a average working family in West Virginia when you are a millionaire from Ohio. Glad he helped get us free of the old Big East, and even though we are struggling now due to lack of depth and frankly just better competition, I feel Dana is positioning us well to succeed. It’s funny how much people want Dana fired, we were not ready for the 12, no coach out there could have won with our team. As far as Rich Rod goes, all of us Mountaineers who want to harbor hate for him need to remember how he broke us out of the rut that Nehlen put us in before he retired. You guys must have forgotten the days before Rod when it was run run run punt!He made us relevant and for that we owe him gratitude. I feel that Dana will lead us back to the top, but if he does not I for one would welcome Rich Rod with open arms.

  25. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Jul 28, 2014 4:54 PM

    @ RED rocket1988,

    I get the feeling that most of us WVU fans have let go of the past and look to the future. WVU is actually building a solid program now and I feel They could go toe to toe with ND in 2014.

  26. musketmaniac says: Jul 28, 2014 6:46 PM

    most mountaineer don’t even remember those losses. I do. However if I had a real problem with Notre Dame it would be waisting the Big easts time, demanding depaul and Marquette join the big east when it was clearly not needed. oh well, the Acc has that problem now. and with the playoffs starting Wvu should be proud of their Bcs record. I don’t think Holgerson/luck gets us there. but I’ll be there rooting every game. anybody who’s ever been to a wvu game knows the real action is before and after the game.

  27. musketmaniac says: Jul 28, 2014 6:50 PM

    oh and rocket get with modern times. we dropped the A in W.V. years ago.

  28. flidiot says: Jul 28, 2014 9:13 PM

    Here is how you get Satan’s desire and Dick Rod’s at the same time. First come into the 21st century. Allow quarterbacks a helmet radio. The radio is only on when the team is huddled. We can then do away with the stupid cards on the sidelines and signals that can stolen by the opposition( see FSU v Auburn).
    Defense gets one too. Their’s is turned on as soon as the ball is marked and turned off when offense breaks huddle or ball is whistled into play whichever happens last.
    I think most coaches would prefer to be in the ear of their qb as opposed to fast break. I could be wrong.

  29. packerbadger says: Jul 30, 2014 2:31 PM

    $ECheat…..if ya can’t beat’em, cheat’em!

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