The University of Michigan’s sports machine announced today that current West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez had accepted its offer to be the head football coach of the Michigan Wolverines. As I do not play the charade by which some of my fellow bloggers abide, namely paraphrasing news and presenting it as original content, I’ll point you to ESPN.com for details.
And now, for the opinion part of this article. Rich Rodriguez is a good coach. That’s what this Turkey thinks. The Wolverines have made a good move. I think they’ll forget about Les Miles and Greg Schiano in a hurry. Whether Rodriguez’ coaching style will suit the Big Ten is moot. You cannot hire a head coach and then command him to “play Big Ten football.” If the CEO of your industry group leading corporate football enterprise cannot move the market, don’t hire the wimp. You want a guy who can shake things up, who can be on the leading edge of innovation. So, perhaps Rodriguez will be the catalyst necessary to initiate the transformation of the Big Ten from a primordial power football league into a sleek, modern, junior NFL. Change is good. Status quo is boring. Go Rick!
How will this move affect Penn State? Who knows. The Nittany Lions couldn’t beat Michigan with Carr at the helm and they certainly won’t be able to beat the Wolverines with Rodriguez running the show. Well, at least not until the PSU offense is updated and the oft mentioned coaching issues are resolved. The ripple effect created by Rodriguez’ hiring might be significant to Penn State, however, inasmuch as one current rumor has West Virginia University offering the head football coaching job vacated by Rodriguez to none other than Penn State’s own defensive coordinator, Tom Bradley, whose name crops up in the rumor mill quite frequently.