Michigan receiver Roy Roundtree gets a win in his return to the Purdue campus
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - There was no snake oil Saturday, just a lot of rain and wind.
But in Roy Roundtree’s first visit to Purdue as a player on the field since he decommitted from the Boilermakers just before signing day in 2008, he left with something more important.
Roundtree caught a game-high six passes for 69 yards and the only receiving touchdown of the game in Michigan’s 27-16 win over Purdue.
It is the second straight game Roundtree caught a touchdown pass. Doing against Purdue, he said, meant a bit more.
“Yeah, well, personally, it is,” Roundtree said. “But to come here and to finally get that seventh win and see our team stayed together after the offense couldn’t pick up but the defense picked up today, so we just have to cheer them guys on.”
Roundtree’s switch from Purdue to Michigan sparked former coach Joe Tiller to call Rich Rodriguez “a guy in a wizard hat selling snake oil.”
Tiller has retired. But Purdue fans haven’t forgotten, and Roundtree heard about it Saturday.
“Traitor, all that,” Roundtree said on what he heard from fans. “But I don’t say nothing to them. I just go out there and play my hardest.”
The Purdue-Michigan kerfluffle continued last year when Danny Hope brought offensive lineman Zach Reckman to midfield after Purdue’s 38-36 win in Ann Arbor to introduce him to Rodriguez.
Hope accused Rodriguez of making comments in the wake of Jonas Mouton’s suspension for the Eastern Michigan game last year that Hope felt led to a one-game suspension for Reckman.
Rodriguez, for his part, continues to blow off such rivalry talk with Hope.
“I find it comedy when anybody talks about recruiting and guys changing their minds,” Rodriguez said. “It has happened to me, it will happen to me next year. When a recruit visits and they’re committed to a school and they visit other schools, then they’re not really committed. They’re just interested.
“So I’m glad Roy Roundtree is on the team and part of the program. I’m glad he’s with us.”