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Posted on Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 12:05 p.m.

Ex-Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez to his new boss: How about a game against the Wolverines?

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Rich Rodriguez

Arizona vs. Michigan? Rich Rodriguez vs. Brady Hoke?

Rodriguez, the former Michigan football coach who is the newly hired coach at Arizona is open to that matchup. And Rodriguez already has planted the seed with his boss.

From the Arizona Daily Star:

UA athletic director Greg Byrne said Thursday he and the Wildcats' new coach discussed playing Michigan, which fired Rodriguez after the 2010 season. "He brought it up like, 'Hey, let's look at this down the road,'" Byrne said. "I said, 'Sure.'" Byrne said the conversation lasted 10 seconds. He has yet to contact the Wolverines. "It's a two-way path to play a game," he said.

Byrne isn't the first person to mention the desire for an Arizona-Michigan game. J.T. Curtis, one of the most prominent high school football coaches in Louisiana, said he, too, spoke to Rodriguez, who said he wouldn't mind seeing the game in a few years.

Michigan does not have an open date until the 2014 season.


Wally the Spartan

Sun, Dec 4, 2011 : 12:32 a.m.

I think that Mr. Rodriguez will be unable to perform his duties at Arizona the way he would want to or the way he needs to because of his ousting at Michigan, but more to the fact he needs to let go of Michigan, really. I don't think the hatred of this man by people is because of the severe damage he did to the Michigan tradition, I perceive all the bad comments are because he just won't leave us alone, really. This should be a fresh start for him, you just walk away, silence your concerns and rebuild your life and your profession, really. I mean the Michigan people have tried to be silent, have walked away and have moved on. But every week some off the wall comment whether it be how he was just about to break through at Michigan, taking credit for the season or a matchup with Michigan on his first week at the job. Arizona fanfare must not be too happy. Let go of Michigan Mr. Rodriguez, we have let go of you, really !


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 10:42 p.m.

The bitter, adolescent hatred for RR is no more apparent than in this thread. I find it predicable and comical.

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 1:20 p.m.

The love-struck, adolescent man-crush for RR is no more apparent than in this post at the start of this sub-thread. I find it predicable and comical. Good Night and Good Luck

1st Down

Sun, Dec 4, 2011 : 12:45 a.m.

The bitter, adolescent hatred that RR has towards Michigan, is no more apparent than in his perpetual whining about being canned, and his comments to his AD. I find it predicable and comical.

Wally the Spartan

Sun, Dec 4, 2011 : 12:35 a.m.

If Mr. Rodriguez could just let go of Michigan and silence himself I bet all this hatred goes away, really.

Terry Star21

Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 3:22 p.m.

I agree 1st Down, and I hate to sound so rash as to advise him to zip it, walk away and get down to business but he should - we have, and couldn't be happier (@ 10-2, looking for #11 and a great future). The most frustrating thing is, as an arizona football fan I'm sure they want to read about their new coach, their team, and whats going on @ arizona, not Michigan - they might tell their coach the same; zip/walk/business. I like to open MY newspaper, in MY town, on MY football page and read about MY team - that is sometimes challenging.

1st Down

Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 7:23 a.m.

The Fact that Rodriguez even asked his new AD this question about scheduling Michigan... highlights a Key fact that most of us who hated his regime at Michigan (outside the massive losses and terrible play on the field) recognized: Its was all about Rich Rod to him. So that crud is starting out now at AZ... and that goes along with the 6000 foot mansion not being good enough for Rita. RR is Arizona's Problem now. That AD will soon realize what he signed on for. As for any remaining RR supporters still here in AA, such as John U Bacon for example: You reap what you sow by being who you are. RR's record on the field in AA was very much a mirror of his off the field me-first attitude. It doesnt work that way at Michigan and anyone who knows this program, should have realized that way back in ... 2009. et tu Theo


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 3:51 a.m.

I'd love to see this game........ in PASADENA. I have a feeling we will get there first. But if RR gets some support in Az, he will have them contending in WACK 12 within 3 years. It could happen, and it would be fun. It just might put this whole mess behind us for good. All of RR's kids would be gone, so it would be Hoke and HIS kids against RR and HIS kids. Michigan 52, Arizona 31.

Terry Star21

Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 3:33 p.m.

Okay 10dz, but arizona only gets 16 points !

Elaine F. Owsley

Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 1:27 a.m.

He is still living in a fantasy world. Maybe fantasy football would be a better effort.

Wally the Spartan

Sun, Dec 4, 2011 : 12:22 a.m.

@Elaine. Well, I think he was just really jilted by the firing, really. I think that there may be a vendetta to get even or get back at UM. If that's the case, this could really jeopordize his thinking and maybe hurt his coaching, really.

Terry Star21

Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 3:33 a.m.

He just needs to zip it up, walk away and enjoy his team. I/we did and have been very successful (10-2, BCS Bowl). Move on sir.


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 12:18 a.m.

Rich Rod loves to Mess with you Michigan Fans.Like at the Football Banquet last year.Rich knew he was getting fired,so he played Josh Broben,you lift me up,and had everybody sing along with it,and most of the ones there did,just to mess with them.Relax, enjoy your 10 an 2 season,and the Kids that Rich left Brady.He left Michigan in Better shape then he got there .He showed what speed does.Now Brady has contend with Urban Meyer,your worest nightmare.Enjoy this will be short lived.Open up next year against The Crimson Tide in Dallas Texas.See you,wouldn't want to be you.

Terry Star21

Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 3:30 p.m.

Azwolverine.....I like this commenter - he makes me laugh. Laughter is really healthy and a good feeling. I am sincere in saying (like Howard Stern), I can't wait to see what their going to say next. (PS - it's Josh Groban)


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 2:40 p.m.

"See you, wouldn't want to be you." No, you just want to be part of our conversations and obsess about our team constantly. Are you SURE you don't want to be us? You're not RR, are you?

Tex Treeder

Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 5:07 a.m.

He's an avant-garde singer. Not quite my style, but edgy in his own way. Here's a link: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 4:01 a.m.

Who is Josh Broben?


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 11:59 p.m.

Some of the anti-RR gab here is neither wise nor accurate. It's documented that, when talking to his Wolverines about his departure, he said: &quot;Remember, life's a lot easier if you're a good guy. Doesn't mean it's always fair. Doesn't mean things always go the way you want. But being a good guy still matters.&quot; Never at any point has anyone INSIDE the Michigan program claimed Rodriguez has in any way tried to cling to his players or take any unjustified credit for the current success. THAT, even though Hoke's Team 132 are all players recruited by previous coaches. His players: very much including the current seniors, have in the past expressed their admiration and liking for Rich Rodriguez. Rodriguez specifically made it clear to his players that he'd just as soon see them stay at Michigan. This is in stark contrast to what Lloyd Carr did when he left: calling a team meeting and telling &quot;his guys&quot; they could count on him to sign transfer applications. What is disgusting and low class is: to pursue the now dead vendetta started by a few &quot;Michigan men&quot; to a point where it became a major factor in the collapse of Michigan football. Three years from now? All you guys channeling Nostradamus today had better remember: who knew three years ago that Michigan State and Wisconsin would be playing for the Big Ten championship tonight? Who knew three years ago that Rodriguez would &quot;only&quot; add 3 losses to Carr's FOUR? None of the &quot;geniuses&quot; here has bothered to ask: What has Coach Hoke said about such a future matchup? Just offering your own needlessly bitter venom to a dead issue isn't pretty, gentlemen.

Wally the Spartan

Sun, Dec 4, 2011 : 12:19 a.m.

I agree LRF. What is that article all about, really ?


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 5:07 a.m.

tru2blu76 ... You are an IDIOT!


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 11:53 p.m.

NATIONAL CONTENDER MICHIGAN PROGRAM.REALLY.BRADY Hoke will never win 10 games again.This year was set up perfect for Hoke..Brandon can Never get away with Homer Schedule again.8 Homes Games.This Schedule cost you, your only shot at a BCS Bowl Berth.I like how The Coaches Poll didn't move you up one slot after the Ohio State Win.I must say i was suprised at that.Enjoy it while you can.

Wally the Spartan

Sun, Dec 4, 2011 : 12:18 a.m.

@cutty. So what is this all about, making wild predictions then adapting when they don't come true, really ? You know if you make predictions and they do not come true it really hurts your credibility. Really.


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 2:35 p.m.

Your predictions are priceless, cutty! Wrong 100% of the time, but priceless nonetheless (priceless in this case referring to 'worth nothing.')

Terry Star21

Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 3:28 a.m.

You are too February you wrote Hoke would be lucky to go one game over .500, in May you wrote Mattison will get 40 points thrown up at him, in October you wrote enjoy your 7 wins that's all you get, and latter in October wrote you better hope you can go 8-4, then today wrote Hoke will never win 10 games again, cost us a BCS berth. I am sitting at the edge of seat for your comments on on BCS Michigan Bowl win in January. Funny stuff.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 11:22 p.m.

The one thing Hoke stands for first and foremost is that each and every game is all about the players. This game would be entirely about the coaches and I think he would adamantly oppose it based on that alone. This is one of the most glaring differences between these two coaches. RR still thinks it's all about him and he continues to show us that.

Wally the Spartan

Sun, Dec 4, 2011 : 12:43 a.m.

Agree...quite nice.


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 1:07 a.m.

Best comment of them all. Good insight, well said.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 10:45 p.m.

That would be the second-dumbest scheduling move ever, after scheduling a rematch with App. State, er, wait a minute...


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 10:38 p.m.

RR realizes that he cannot coach his team into the Rose Bowl to face off against UM hence his pithy request to con his AD into granting this pseudo Rose Bowl matchup against TiM. To all RR lovers out there, it is your man, RR, who is nothing more than a scorned stalker. Hoke Is It

Wally the Spartan

Sun, Dec 4, 2011 : 12:45 a.m.

Here here ! Although 'scorned stalker' sounds kind of harsh, it may just be accurate. GO AWAY RR !


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 10:02 p.m.

Oh RichRod, you genius for uttered or sung words. He's added a new one that was on sports talk radio today. The idea that he would not stand for any turds on his team (assumption one small turd spoils the entire ice cream). Not sure how he defines turd but it is something like rotten apple. I would love to see Michigan play against one of his terdless coached teams. I hoped he learned something from the Michigan experience about the importance of defense. Can you imagine what USC. Stanford and Oregon are going to do to him? We may never see him in Pasadena, but you can be sure of one thing. We'll get there first.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 9:56 p.m.

To TIC: RR couldn't win with RR guys!!! So glad he is GONE. AZ, you can have him. Mean, angry, bitter man that he is.

Tex Treeder

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 9:56 p.m.

Wow, RR has big brass ones, that's for sure. I'm in favor of no special reports on him or ASU unless it is deserved. RR is gone and I'm think we're all okay with that. Time to concentrate on making UM football as good as it should be.

Tex Treeder

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 9:57 p.m.

Sorry, that should say &quot;UA&quot; instead of &quot;ASU.&quot; Editors, feel free to correct my typo.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 9:22 p.m.

tom swift jr.: Completely disagree. I don't think he would be booed out of the stadium. Gotta remember that hoke won with rrs guys--can't completely discount that. Give RR a break. I wish him the best.

Terry Star21

Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 3:40 p.m.

TIC....'Hoke won with rrs guys'. Well, yes he did - why couldn't rrs win with them ? Also, you have to be joking when you say he wouldn't be booed out of the stadium - are you kidding me ?


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 10:27 p.m.

Easy for u to say since you don't have to pay his salary


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 9:55 p.m.

Think about what you just wrote. RR couldn't win with his own guys and Carr's guys but Hoke did win with the remnents of Carr's guys and RR's guys.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 9:22 p.m.

<a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> copy this link into your browser. My take on this, is that it is all about money. RR is discovering that Arizona is not Michigan in terms of facilities. They have a beautiful stadium that can hold (emphasize &quot;can&quot;) about 56,000 fans. Half of what the big house can hold, assuming they sell out (which they often do not). The stadium's last upgrade was 1989, and in 1999 they put in new scoreboards. Nothing since then. I heard somewhere the practice facilities and the training facilities are really poor. A visitor to the big house (regardless of how bad they lose to the blue) will take in about $300K-500K for just showing up. Money like that can go a long way to upgrading facilities.... One thing Rich knows is how to raise money. Read Three and Out by John Bacon - at WVU he raised tons of money.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 9:17 p.m.

If the game ever happens, Josh Gracin has to sing the National Anthem.

Terry Star21

Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 3:47 p.m. disrespect but 1st Down meant to say it is Josh Groban. The Christmas stations are gracing us currently with that song over, and over, and.....sort of like the old coach talking about Michigan.


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 2:58 p.m.

Josh Groban was the guy RR played at the banquet. Don't know if this other guy would be as well liked by RR.

1st Down

Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 7:26 a.m.

no im not kidding...i googled him and found that he is from american idol...well im a professional studio musician and i play with real musicians...not manufactured pop yeah maybe he is appropriate for Rich Rod


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 3:49 a.m.

Who is Josh Gracin? I hope you are kidding. <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>

1st Down

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 11:52 p.m.

who is Josh Gracin?


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 10:23 p.m.



Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 9:07 p.m.

RR just wants to get back at Michigan for giving him the boot.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 9:04 p.m.

The negative criticism is on the mark. BUT, look at the buzz this is creating. Mention that guy's name, write about him and you have stirred the bee-hive. If for any reason, you can bet there would be quite the buzz if the game were etched in stone. I am neutral. I can do without such a game but would not pass up an opportunity to attend. It would seem Rich Rod has a lot of guts being willing to show his face in Ann Arbor. Dave Brandon may not be able to pass this up; night game, coverage on ABC, maybe College Game Day setting up shop. My gut says it is a little better than 50/50 it will happen.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 9:01 p.m.

I think RR is acting like many a teenage lover who has been ignominiously dumped. Pout and try to get even. I halfway expect Dave Brandon to get a note from him in study hall. lol


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 9:18 p.m.

UM may need a RO (restraining order) from the court for RR to heed.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 8:59 p.m.

Folks, RR is bringing this up and if UM declines it then RR can stroke his ego and tell the sporting world that UM is afraid to face him. AD Brandon can issue AD Byrne a contract for one home game at A2 providing Zona's AD Byrne schedule a game with WVA at Morgantown . That way, RR can get himself humiliated twice in a season. :)


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 9:15 p.m.

Seems that RR is afraid to face WVA but isn't afraid to face UM so bring it along cuz TiM. Oh yeah, I am all for it if AD Brandon and AD Byrne agree to stage a halftime show for RR's rendition of Groban's song, &quot;All About Me&quot;.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 9:08 p.m.

Or we can just let RR do his thing. He may find many oppportunities to get himself humiliated without Michigan having to deal with him anymore.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 8:56 p.m.

UM vs AU, this is actually a great sale's pitch. I think the stadium would sell out and the TV ratings would be off the chart. Most of the nation does not feel the same as some of the UM fan base, this would be a great game to see ( BH vs RR ) with high ramifications. However, UM have the most to lose if this fired, rejected, non-M Man, redheaded stepcoach was to come into M and beat their Golden Michigan Man Child. This would make for an interesting game, allot more exciting than a MAC game...SCHEDULE IT!!!

Wally the Spartan

Sun, Dec 4, 2011 : 12:14 a.m.

'Golden Michigan Man Child', for real, really ? That's the best you can do, so sad it be !


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 2:55 p.m.

azwolverine, I don't think that UMass game is going to be covered nationally.


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 2:28 p.m.

Michigan games sell out with ratings off the chart regardless. Don't need a game against AZ for that. It's best for UM to put Rodriguez behind and move forward, which I believe they will do, and let the former coach say whatever off the cuff nonsense he wants. As was said earlier, if the two teams are good enough, they'll meet in the Rose Bowl anyway.

Terry Star21

Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 3:03 a.m.

This is funny stuff it, ha, ha


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 8:33 p.m.

I say bring it on!


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 9:22 p.m.

Billy Bob, Enforcer is right even if we lose, so what cuz RR still will screw himself no matter what. Look at his baggage history (WVA, UM and ...) U know UM will be so thrilled and eager to beat him down badly.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 9:05 p.m.

I ask why?! This is a no win situation. We win, so what. We lose, we're loser jerks. Why bother? Let him do his little pout thing and let's keep playing and winning.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 8:04 p.m.

UM fans and RR would be great material for the comic strip &quot; Dilbert&quot;. You guys are too funny!!! :-)


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 7:57 p.m.

Brandon wouldn't schedule a game like this. Like some of the others have doesn't have an upside for Michigan. Absolutely correct. A loss to Arizona and RR would be pretty bad for the Michigan Brand.


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 4:20 a.m.

And a win would prove nothing.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 7:54 p.m.

RR is only interested in &quot;proving&quot; something at UM. He still feels burned by UM in getting fired and would like nothing better than to come here with AZ and beat the Wolverines. Then he would say back in AZ, &quot;see what you fools in Ann Arbor could have had?&quot; I think this is all about RR getting some kind of twisted revenge about his firing. He's on the job a week in AZ and he's asking his boss if they can play UM down the road? He'll be lucky if he's still the AZ coach in 2014. I think RR will implode and be coaching a MAC team &quot;down the road.&quot;


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 7:41 p.m.

I don't fore see Brady Hoke pounding on the podium saying&quot; This is the game that matters&quot; I think rr told his new AD (Byrne) I'll get you some of that Michigan money for playing this game ! and I don't see Dave Brandon taking the bait.. see you in Pasadena..

Billy Bob Schwartz

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 8:58 p.m.

Think he can get a seat?

1st Down

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 7:35 p.m.

RR needs to let it go. He failed at Michigan. End of story. Or not...since and others keep following RRs every move. As narcissistic as he is, he would love this attention. But it didnt work here, enough said... Hoke is it now.

Gabe Callender

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 7:23 p.m.

Rodriguez will probably be out of a job before the game, if it is scheduled. lol


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 7:19 p.m.

Hey Rich, You missed the memo in A2 about the importance of beating Ohio, MSU and winning the Big Ten. Maybe you should concentrate on winning the PAC 10/12 or at least beating ASU. We are done with you, and have no interest in playing you.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 8:55 p.m.

The memo also mentioned winning more than 6 BIg Ten games in three years.

Stephen Landes

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 7:07 p.m.

The University of Michigan, no thanks to Rich Rod's indifferent approach to defense, offers instant credibility to anyone they play. Why would we bestow that on Rich rod and AZ?


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 6:50 p.m.

It also shows that RR is really frustrated that UM is doing a lot better without him (including some honest comments by his former players about RR's lack of coaching mettle). It is interesting but not surprising that RR has more venom for UM than WVA. UM should stage an arm wrestling match between Hoke and RR after the game at the 50 yd line. GO BLUE!


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 9:02 p.m.

U got my vote :) With Michael Buffer doing his patented announcement, &quot;Let's get ready to RUMBLE&quot; prior to that.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 8:53 p.m.

Or why not just have a show of hands at halftime? &quot;All those who think RR is a great coach, please stand and cheer.&quot; Yea, yea, yea, &quot;All those who think Brady Hoke is a great coach, please stand and cheer.&quot; Bedlam!


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 6:40 p.m.

Hey RR, don't forget to schedule both away games at A2 and Morgantown (WVA) first while you are at it! TiM and TiWVA


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 8:51 p.m.

RR left a mess behind at WVA and was humiliated when WVA won the $$$ salary payback (of course, UM paid for him). Ask any WVA fan about RR and the venom for him is far worse there than here. In retrospect, RR should have thanked UM for bailing him out and for keeping him around for 3 years.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 7:58 p.m.

WVA didn't fire him so he has no interest in playing WVA.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 6:40 p.m.

I would think that any college would want to play Michigan...the payout is pretty good.


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 4:15 a.m.

The payout for playing Texas or OSU is pretty good, too. However, no mention of RR brining those or other teams in this article. I doubt he gave his AD a laundry list of teams with big payouts that he wanted to play. No, RR mentioned Michigan because he coached here and wants revenge. Do I know RR personally? No, but I know human nature and I know that that's why he mentioned Michigan...not the payout.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 6:18 p.m.

&quot;Ex-Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez to his new boss: How about a game against the Wolverines? &quot; New Michigan coach, Brady Hoke, and Athletic Director, Dave Brandon to Rich Rodriguez: GO AWAY!

Terry Star21

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 6:08 p.m.

Great, this person was adamant in telling everyone 'we were almost there (Michigan)', then taking credit after we won 10 games 'it's frustrating, those are my players' and now adamant is seeking revenge (for getting his walking papers). It just seems that this person will never live down or be able to just walk away from Michigan - and that is truly sad for himself, his family and maybe everything he does. Walk away, zip it up and concentrate on a new beginning.

Wally the Spartan

Sun, Dec 4, 2011 : 12:10 a.m.

@ TerryStar. I think this is the best comment I've seen. Really, what kind of a person takes a new coaching job and talks about his own school, really ? I perceive the Arizona fanfare are not to happy about this Michigan talk. Maybe they be saying zip it up, walk away, get a life, get a great new start, really ! And yes, I do remember him saying all those things you mentioned, really, what is wrong with this person that won't go away, really ?


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 2:43 p.m.

Kind of like you guys have done, huh?


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 6:41 p.m.

Take your own advice and walk away from it it up and concentrate on a new beginning.

Nice in A2

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 5:55 p.m.

Would love to play them next year. In four years... hummm..... maybe I'm a little less interested. Other posters are right, if RR is as good as many think he is, we will meet him in Pasadena. If he isn't, then I would love to play them in four years also.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 5:54 p.m.

This just adds more evidence as to how immature RR is. Just like the way he acted on the sideline when he was here, just like the way he blamed everyone, even the players, but himself for losses, just like the way he has been trying to take credit for the team's success this year. We are so better off without this man-child. He really is somewhat of a laughable human being.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 6:57 p.m.

Concise posting!


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 6:04 p.m.

Agreed and there is absolutely no upside for Michigan. If Michigan were to win, it would be seen for what it is, a national powerhouse beating up on a bottom feeder. If Michigan were to lose, it would not only be a loss to a lesser program but potentially very devisive for the UM football community.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 5:46 p.m.

Let's do this in three years. It would be what could have been vs. what is.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 7:57 p.m.

You mean what was vs. what is. Not what could have been. We already saw what RR brought to the table. Goofy offense that was easy to stop and no defense or special teams!

Lionel Hutz

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 5:45 p.m.

Well, maybe they can meet in the Rose Bowl someday. Then again, in all the years that Arizona has been in the Pac-10/12 - they have never been to a Rose Bowl. They are the only member of the old Pac-10 not to do so. I don't see that changing anytime soon.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 5:44 p.m.

Oh yes! This needs to happen...that way rich rod gets the boot-print on his hind end to underscore the firing!!

tom swift jr.

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 5:39 p.m.

If that game were played in Ann Arbor, the Michigan Fans would boo him out of the stadium.... and rightfully so.

James Rooks

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 7:45 p.m.

I think you would be very surprised, I would cheer him for giving us a team that let us go 10-2 and I do feel if he had been giving $1,000,000.00 instead of $230,000.00 to get a DC we would have been 12-0 this year! Brady will be the first one to tell you he did it with Rich Rod players. Just like LLoyd did with Gary M. players!


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 5:28 p.m.

How about we agree to meet in the Rose Bowl? Then both sides have done their jobs.

James Rooks

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 8:06 p.m.

I agree 100% and Arizona will be there!


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 7:20 p.m.

A great response. That is the way should be.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 7:20 p.m.

A great response. That is the way should be.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 6:10 p.m.

There you go, and Brandon could use the salutation &quot;Next year in Pasadena&quot; when conversing with UA AD Greg Byrne.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 5:59 p.m.

Best comment of the month. No, that's only 2 days. Best of the week.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 5:46 p.m.

Perfect response. There's just no real reason to have teams travel across the country just so some coach can play his old team.

Lionel Hutz

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 5:46 p.m.

Arizona (not to be confused with ASU) has never been to a Rose Bowl. I don't see that changing.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 5:18 p.m.

I suspect a national-contender Michigan program will have no interest in playing a middle of the road Pac-12 program with a tricked-up offense in 2014.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 7:30 p.m.

Unfortunately, national-contender or bottom feeder Michigan (doesn't matter which one) will have no interest in playing ANY BCS conference team playing ANY kind of offense, outside of Notre Dame. I say that based on scheduling trends over the last several years and David Brandon's public comments. (Exception: The Bama game in September at a neutral site). I think it's a shame. But I would have no interest in seeing former coach back in our stadium ever again. Even on the visitor's sideline.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 7:06 p.m.

Michigan has no interest in playing a &quot;middle of the road&quot; Pac 12 program? They've been playing Pac 12 teams for years!. See Colorado '97 (W), UCLA '00 (L), Washington in '01 (L) and '02 (W), Oregon '03 (L) and '07 (L) Utah '08 (L). They would much rather play MAC schools. Much easier to beat.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 6 p.m.

Sort of like those powerhouse MAC schools and App State