Rich Rodriguez: In hindsight, taking Michigan job 'probably wasn't the best move'
ANN ARBOR -- Rich Rodriguez is off an running at Arizona, as the Wildcats are off to a 3-0 start and ranked No. 22 nationally.
The former Michigan football coach seems to be bouncing back well, early anyway, from a disappointing three years as the head coach in Ann Arbor.
But when asked Wednesday by national talk radio host Jim Rome if he regrets taking the Michigan job in the first place, Rodriguez didn't exactly say no.
"It's easy to look back now," Rodriguez said. "Things were going so well for us at West Virginia with a great team coming back. The old saying is, hindsight is 20-20, it didn't work out and it probably wasn't the best move.
"But I met a lot of great people, I got to see some things and learn some things that I never would have learned had I not left (West Virginia). Hopefully it's made me a better coach."
Rodriguez went 15-22 in three tumultuous seasons at Michigan (2008-10) before being fired after the completion of the 2010 campaign.
Asked if he feels like he doesn't have anything to prove to the college football world these days, Rodriguez said so -- he absolutely has plenty to prove at this point in his career.
"As long as they're keeping score you do, I feel like I have a lot to prove," he said. "But I felt the same way at the end of my time at West Virginia, when we were going to BCS bowls.
"If I ever lose that competitiveness, it's time for me to get out of the profession."