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Posted on Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 9:17 a.m.

Rich Rodriguez says Michigan football team can win '9 or 10' games this season

By Staff

The Michigan football team should win nine or 10 games this season, ex-coach Rich Rodriguez says.

Rodriguez, speaking in his new role as an analyst for CBS Sports, said in an interview with Jason Horowitz that the Big Ten Conference is a wide-open race and he named Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Nebraska as the prime contenders.

"I’m biased," said Rodriguez, who was fired in January after three seasons at Michigan and replaced by Brady Hoke. "I think they can do very well. They got 19 returning starters, player of year in the league returning in Denard Robinson, eight home games, first five at home, so I think they are going to win nine or 10 games."



Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 4:34 a.m.

Does my heart good to see RR wasting his best years not doing what he loves. Now he just sits around talking about how it could have been. The intellect of a high schooler who cannot plan his future more than a week ahead. Has that working out for ya Rich? Ya that's right - i am a mountaineer fan & alumnus.

Blu n Tpa

Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 12:30 p.m.

Guys, I asked that we stop after the first two opposing points of view were posted. Now over 50 posts later we are right back where we started. The whole interview was a set job. Someone wanted to practice asking questions and give the WCiMFH a chance to spout off about his ex team. This was just to get him more play, more exposure, more notariety in the media. Want to put him in his place? Ignore him and all of his fellow travellers. If fans like tbf want to look back at failure, and support failure, and defend failure, let them. Michigan now has great coaches preparing this team for the upcoming season. The players from last year's team are ready to be taught how to play winning, hard nose, Michigan football. And they couldn't care less about the WCiMFH. I'll take my cue from them. TiM Go Blue!


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 2:38 a.m.

Oh sheesh!! I think former coach would be better off at recusing himself from answering all questions about Michigan football, of which he obviously knew little and of which he brought to depths unknown to these parts in decades.

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 4:40 p.m.

Heartbreak--not in his makeup. PC: Easy. 1) The network that employs him broadcasts the SEC exclusively. Stick to that. 2) Do what any reasonable person would under that circumstance: decline to comment on the Michigan football program, esp. so soon after having been fired. he is not obligated to open his yap. Good Night and Good Luck

Patrick Caveney

Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 3:44 p.m.

while separation from the university is best for all parties, it is also his job as a college football analyst. how can he avoid talking about one of the biggest football programs in the history of the sport? be easy if he was an ex-coach for a school from something like a DIV II or MAC school under same circumstances. such questions wouldn't be asked since most of them are irrelevant and not a mainstream top school like the winningest program in the history of the sport.


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 1:25 a.m.

Let it go people. He was asked a question and gave his opinion. If you really detest him that much, then don't listen or read anything about him. Also, make sure you don't watch CBS.

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 1:08 a.m.

tbf wrote: "Would you rather he predict 6 wins instead of 9 or 10? Sheesh, you guys are incredible." We'd rather he kept his mouth shut on the subject of Michigan football. He has a huge conflict of interest, and ANYTHING he says will be seen as self-serving. The network for which he broadcasts does the SEC exclusively, so he could easily sidestep any question about Michigan football. But no, that's not possible with this guy. Don't remember any other former coach become broadcaster ever continuing to talk about the program that fired him. Not Bob Davie. Not Lou Holtz. Not Terry Bowden. None of 'em. Just the WCiMFH. I guess what we'd like is if he'd carry himself with a little class. But since he never did that in his three years here, why should he start now, right? I know. Mission Impossible. Good Night and Good Luck

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 9:52 a.m.

Definition of Conflict of interest: "A conflict of interest occurs when an individual or organization is involved in multiple interests, one of which could possibly corrupt the motivation for an act in the other." See Wikipedia. As for your absurd statement: neither Davie, nor Holtz, nor Bowden critiqued the teams they left behind. Yes--years afterwards they spoke about teams to which they had no connection. When was the last time you heard Charlie Weiss talk about last year's or this year's ND football team? Didn't happen. What did George Perles say about the team he left to his successor and what that team ought to on the field? Didn't happen. Did Bo set up Mo? Did Mo, who got FIRED, set up Lloyd? Did Lloyd set up the WCiMFH? Nope. All of these guys understood that, whatever they said, would appear to be self-serving. They kept their mouths shut about the team they left behind. Enough English for you? Or do you need a dictionary? Good Night and Good Luck


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 4:15 a.m.

Conflict of interest? What on earth are you talking about? En ingles, por favor. "None of 'em"? Not a single one, eh? I hate to burst your little bubble, but Lou Holtz and Bob Davie have analyzed, predicted (yes, even the dreaded win totals...GASP!) and dissected Notre Dame football for many years. Classless rednecks.


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 1:07 a.m.

what will his prediction be for the 2012 year with the schedule they have?


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 11:53 p.m.

Would you rather he predict 6 wins instead of 9 or 10? Sheesh, you guys are incredible.


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 11:45 p.m.

Rich has a hard time letting go , I understand. If I was in RR shoes I would feel the same way and I reiterate , if I was in RR shoes's. I do believe RR left a lot of talent on the table. I think, Mich. is in good hands now and with the talent Brady inherited, Brady with his development of the team should be able to develop some solid talent.


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 12:19 a.m.

If I felt like I was building something, I would want to see it through too. RR left some talent, mostly on offense. He decimated the defense. His staff was poor recruiters, poor with fundamentals, poor on technique, abysmal on defense, and poor on preparing athletes to succeed at the next level. oh, did I mention he spat on tradition and nearly destroyed the atmosphore of "The Michigan Family" Hoke is a Michigan man with Michigan mentality and honors and reveres Michigan tradition. They will be tons better just by the improved fundamentals, techniques and work ethic. The key is bringing in Mattison to coach the defense and the ability to recruit once again. This team has the potential to be a lot better than most expect and it gets better from there. Watch and enjoy Michigan faithful, good things are happening and this is only the beginning. I lobby for an asterisk by the RR years. for those were not TRUE MICHIGAN teams.


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 9:11 p.m.

Can we back off Rich Rod? I agree that he wasn't a great coach for Michigan, and we did extremely poorly under him, but he's now an analyst for CBS and no longer our coach, so let him do his job and predict the number of wins Michigan will get! If he thinks we'll get 9 or 10, then that's cause that is where he see the talent and coaching of our team right now. I guess in a way it is a self serving prediction, you're right, because he's getting paid to make the prediction! Just cause he was a bad coach for us doesn't mean he'll be a bad analyst or bad somewhere else. Lay off of Rich Rod, he's a thing of the past.

Terry Star21

Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 7:48 p.m.

Still trying hard to get Michigan faithful to like him and feel sorry for him - by the looks of a few comments here it's working some, the sign of a great con-artist. If he was smart, he wouldn't comment on Michigan for a while - somewhere between never and infinity. This guy does have something though, as a con artist he can also spot one - he knows walmart sparty is a fake M fan, he is a pretender, a wannabe and a joker at best. MgoBlueForTiM........Old Coach and walmart sparty are down, out and finished - kaput !

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 7:28 p.m.

Not that there was any doubt, but now we know just how little class RichRod had and has. Trashing Lloyd Carr on the way in. Setting unrealistic expectations for Brady Hoke on the way out. Yes, the team has 19 starters returning. Under RichRod's so called "leadership" that team lost 6 games, all of them by 10 points or more, 4 of them by more than 17 points, including total blowouts against Wisky, OSU, and Miss. St. Conclusion: none of the games he lost were winnable with the team that Hoke has inherited. And, of the 7 games they won, 4 were by less than 7 points. In other words, the Wolverines were one turnover, one penalty, one bad call, one missed assignment away from losing 4 more games. And never mind the fact that none of RichRod's three teams showed the ability to finish the season, going 1-7, 1-7, and 2-6 at the end of each of the seasons he was pretending to be head coach. That, ladies and gentlemen, is coaching, or more correctly, lack thereof. Yes, this is the team that Brady Hoke inherited from Rich Rod and his band of merry incompetents. So, if the U of M were to win 9 or 10 games this season, as RichRod suggests they ought, that accomplishment will be proof positive of the incompetence of the previous coaching staff. Good Night and Good Luck

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Thu, Aug 18, 2011 : 11:53 a.m.

BTW: Why ILL >>>>> OSU when UM played both last year and will play both this year? Weird skewing of your so-called "stats" to *prove* your point. Guess that means you can't prove your point without makin' it up. Now, go watch the SEC on CBS. Good Night and Good Luck

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Thu, Aug 18, 2011 : 11:12 a.m.

Gotta love it. The slappies have forever decreed that the loss to Appy State, defending FCS Nat'l Champion, was worse than the loss to Toledo the following year, one of the worst teams in the FBS. But now we find out that "UMASS > EMU" Whatever. As I said, the slappies never give up. Keep on a goin' TrufanoftheWCiMFH. You'l be able to get all you want of him on CBS this fall. Good Night and Good Luck


Thu, Aug 18, 2011 : 4:54 a.m.

Eh, whatever. The website probably doesn't like the symbols I'm using. Either way the point is the schedule this year is easier than last year. I don't think it's difficult to understand.


Thu, Aug 18, 2011 : 4:47 a.m.

Not sure what happened to my post. A bunch of verbiage was deleted. BGSU > Minn at home Illinois >>>>> OSU at home (obvious to most)


Thu, Aug 18, 2011 : 4:44 a.m.

Oh boy. Another doozy from Eddie. UConn > WMU @ND = ND at home UMASS > EMU (worst team in FBS, by far) BGSU Minnesota at home (did Minnesota win a game last season???) @MSU > MSU at home (score one more for Eddie) Iowa = @Iowa (Stanzi graduated, remember??) @ Purdue > Purdue at home replace @PSU with @ Northwestern (it's probably a tie) Illinois >>>> OSU at home (obvious to most sane people) You have three points. I have nine. Nobody in their right mind can say this year's schedule is tougher than last year's schedule.

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 10:04 a.m.

trufanoftheWCiMFH: *ND has a better team than last year *SDSU is better than any of the other three non-conf games last year. Bowl game winner. *Nebraska this year is, at worst, Wisky's equal last year. *OSU is OSU. Tough game no matter what one thinks. And if you think that the scandal hasn't united that team and given it motivation, you've never played the game of collegiate football--highly likely. *MSU and Iowa remain on the schedule. *Northwestern replaces Indiana as an away game. A much tougher foe than Indiana ever was. So, yes, a tougher schedule, I think. Don't like my opinion? There's a shock. Regarding your last comment: Hoke was not predicting. Hoke was setting the standard. Quite unlike your hero who came in blaming everyone else for his shortcomings and has never accepted any responsibility for the wreckage he created. The slappies never give up, do they? Good Night and Good Luck


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 4:51 a.m.

wasn't Moeller fired?


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 4:05 a.m.

You aren't suggesting that this year's schedule is tougher than last year's...are you? May I ask what planet you reside on and in which universe? You talk about me not making sense? Sure, we play Nebraska but we do not have to play B1G champ Wisconsin. We don't have to play PSU this year either. Ohio State will start a true freshman QB, they have a new coach, they are reeling from scandal and we have them at home. The ONLY teams that will be tougher to beat this year are Notre Dame and maybe MSU (because we play there). That's it! Michigan returns 19 starters minus Stonum. If the "WCiMFH" won 7 games then the "BCiMFH" should be able to easily achieve that mark with an easier schedule. Again, why don't you believe Hoke when he says there are no excuses for not competing for the B1G title every year? Did he rule out 2011 when he made that statement?

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 12:58 a.m.

Thanks Mick and rs63. tbf: your post makes about as much sense as those the other night about Kellen Jones. Which is to say: none at all. So let me simplify it for you: The WCiMFH claims the team he left Hoke ought win 9 or 10 games this year. That same team last year (19 returning starters) was lucky to win 7 and was nowhere near winning 8 or more. Moreover, from where I sit, this year's schedule is tougher (albeit three home games against high quality opponents). So, were Hoke and company to win 9 or 10 games, it would seal the judgement on the WCiMFH as the WCiMFH. Seems fairly straight forward. That is, unless one is a slappy. Good Night and Good Luck


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 12:06 a.m.

"Setting unrealistic expectations for Brady Hoke on the way out." Unrealistic expectations? "This is Michigan" and we should be competing for B1G championships every season. Teams that compete for B1G championships typically win at least 9 games, don't you think? You don't believe Brady Hoke?


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 11:47 p.m.

Edward (love the s/n btw), the 2 posts of yours i've read are spot on. I'm not certain here, but I believe RR is the only UM coach to actually be fired, at least one who was still under a substantial contract. He can thank the UM for his cbs gig now too, would he be analyzing ANYTHING were he not the former UM coach? I, for one am thrilled to get back to MICHIGAN football, tradition, MEN "...THE TEAM, THE TEAM, THE TEAM"


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 10:22 p.m.

Ghost, your posts are brilliant and legendary IMO. However, I knew halfway through the 2008 season that it wasn't going to work. I have a U-M Football Radar Instinct like no other, people who know me will attest to that. The good news? My instincts are on fire for this staff, everyone will see soon enough! Go Blue for TiM!!!

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 8:07 p.m.

ROFL, Don. Contrary to what the slappies might think, I supported him up to the probation. After that, he lost me entirely. And that notwithstanding, the manner in which all three of his teams finished their seasons ought be proof to any reasonable individual that he was in way over his head. Good Night and Good Luck


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 7:58 p.m.

Were your knuckles white when you typed that? :-) Pretty much agree with everything you wrote, though ... my patience with that coach's tenure expired before the end of the season last year. I'm a hopeful man when it comes to Michigan football, but there was NOTHING I saw that led me to believe my hope was wisely invested in that coach. Nothing.


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 6:59 p.m.

I wonder if he will cry on the air as an analyst for CBS. How could any true Michigan fan miss him. Rodriquez Millen sound the same to me. Double Bad.


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 6:58 p.m.

... must be a slow sports news day.

James Rooks

Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 4:47 p.m.

I can't believe all the RR hater just can't put it to bed no matter what he does its wrong, get over it people and get a life! Where ever he ends up he will be successful in spit of you so call Michigan people and Lloyd Carr lovers, which its really strange how Lloyd is everywhere around the program now!


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 1:27 a.m.

James, you are buying the snake oil, I don't "hate" RR, objectively he grades a D to a D+ and only cuz the 8th ranked offense his final year, outside that he would get an easy F. Scott, Hoke would have solidified this program from day one. The recruiting would have been light years better and the kids would have been taught tradition, technique and fundamentals the last 3 years. The program would not have taken a 3 year haiatus and the reputation would not have been tarnished. He fits the Michigan mold, RR never did and never would have.


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 11:28 p.m.

Here's the issue(s): 1) Meeeeeechigan football IS TRADITION - when you bring in an outsider with the idea that he is going to change the program with the so called times, you are throwing out all that went before. RR was brought in with the idea of "keeping up with the rest of the conference offensively and putting in a spread offence". WHEN?, in 132 years has MICHIGAN EVER HAD TO EMULATE NORTHWESTERN, INDIANA, PURDUE, ETC? RR did ok with a spread offense. His arrogance and lack of respect for the program, history, tradition AND ITS ATHLETES is his downfall. RR was here for one reason only, to benefit RR. There is no other coach here who has been so blatantly self-serving. The 2 best things he did for UM were these: he was able to bring in Denard, and he suggested / recommended Coach Belein for th BB program. 2) mostly he and his staff were terrible recruiters. UM has a long history of O line prominence. He struggled to attract O linemen, in fact some of the better ones jumped ship when he came in. 3) because he ran a non-prostyle offense, pro type and pro caliber athletes went elsewhere for 3-4 years. 4) because the "change" mantra was on the offense, he could hardly bring in the numbers of quality defensive prospects that other schools could. 5) athletes that saw his program as a college type program, no one that wanted an athletic career after college was too keen on embracing it. 6) This has been "the Michigan Family" for as long as i've been around and more. Under RR, The program was treated with mercenary attitudes. RR was a fairly intelligent offensive coach. He was a lousy defensive coach, a lousy recruiter, a lousy head coach and he trampled on 132 years of tradition, excellence and loyalty. Part of the blame can go to the administration, because they didn't do thier due dilligence on RR, and they sort of gave him the direction of changing the offense to what 9 of 10 Big 10 schools were running at the time. UM is suposed to set the bar

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 7:33 p.m.

Scott wrote: "Hoke would be out right now if had been hired in 2008" Yes, he would, had he had the same record as the WCiMFH: *6-18 in the Big Ten *0-12 against Big Ten teams with winning records *1-13 against MSU/OSU/PSU/Iowa/Wisky *Never finished higher than tied for 7th in the Big Ten *2-11 against teams that were in the Top 25 at the time the game was played *Winless against teams that finished the season in the Top 25. *Three straight seasons not in the Top 25 (had not happened since 1965, '66, and '67) *From 24th in the nation in defense in 2007 (Carr's last year), to 67th in 2008, to 84th in 2009, to 110/120 teams in 2010 *A mediocre offense against quality teams (e.g., EMU scored more points against OSU in 2010 than we did). *Worst bowl loss in Michigan history *1st NCAA probation in Michigan history Yes--had Hoke had this record, he'd have been gone. Hence Brandon fired the WCiMFH. Your point? Good Night and Good Luck


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 6:13 p.m.

There is perhaps no more intellectually lazy rejoinder than "hater." I don't "hate" RR. I did not care for his coaching tenure, I did not have regard for his management style ... but that is a far different thing than "hating" RR. There are few things in this world I truly "hate." Mushrooms being one ... and I have to think hard about others. @Scott -- "... and need to realize that Hoke would be out right now if had been hired in 2008" ... really? Based on what do you make that claim?


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 6:11 p.m.

I agree that LC has certainly earned some mulligans. a 120-40 record, dominating MSU, PSU, Wisconsin, and a 6-7 record against OSU, not to mention a NC should earn any coach a mulligan. As for it being strange that he is suddenly around the program more...make of that what you will. Some might argue that it was difficult to be around the previous coach when that coach blamed 'the previous three or four February's' for his team being bad (in other words, it was LC's recruting, in RR's opinion, that made his team weak). I wouldn't want to hang around given that opinion, either. Hoke and Carr are pals and mutually respect each other. It makes sense that he would hang around again. In either case, I don't really care. The man in charge now is neither LC nor RR, it's Hoke. I care about Hoke's ability to bring this team back up to the level we are accustomed to and like the fact that he seems bent on doing it with no blame and no excuses. He's accountable, win or lose...and I think the team will rally behind him because of it.


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 5:57 p.m.

Some people are way too bitter and need to realize that Hoke would be out right now if had been hired in 2008, but I'd say easy on the Carr stuff, he's been sketchy lately, but he was a great coach for a while and has earned a few mulligans in my opinion.

Wally the Wolverine

Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 4:35 p.m.

Am I the only person that sees a parallel between Rich Rodriguez and Matt Millen? They both brought their respective teams to historic lows. I guess the one exception is that some people still believe RR was a good hire and a victim of the inner circle. Hoke says if the team doesn't win the B1G title this year, it's on the coaches. With a 9 or 10 win prediction, maybe RR knows something.

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 5:51 p.m.

trufanoftheWCiMFH: There is a very large difference between the current coach setting high standards for his team and telling everyone that he'll accept no excuses for failure, and the immediate past failure of a coach setting standards for the team he no longer coaches that he never reached and had no hope of ever attaining. Anyone but die-hard supporters of the WCiMFH would understand the difference. Good Night and Good Luck


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 1:06 a.m.

I see the parallel, in this regard. They are both outsiders with no real connection to nor love for the institution. They are both self-serving first of all and they are both quite arrogant. They are both willing to stybbornly insist on thier philosophy while it fails around them am are willing to drag the institution down around them in a vain and futile attempt at self agrandizement. They could reach epic lows for 10 years in hopes of one good result just to say I told you so while sticking thier chest out and dismissing the achievements of the rest of the team....other than that, they are completely different...hehehe


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 12:17 a.m.

ERMG -- Hoke (the man in charge of the UM football program) is setting expectations high with all the talk about "This is Michigan", no excuses, and competing for a B1G Championship every season. There is no gray area. Michigan is either in the running for the B1G title or the coaches have failed the kids and program.


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 10:11 p.m.

Pretty good post by you Wally, but I think "The Ghost" hits the nail on the head as usual!

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 7:35 p.m.

Nope. Isn't you. Two classless individuals. As for "Hoke says if the team doesn't win the B1G title this year, it's on the coaches. With a 9 or 10 win prediction, maybe RR knows something." I would not read it that way. Hoke is saying that I'm not going to blame the players or the previous staff for any failures this team might have (quite unlike his predecessor). He is saying that the buck stops with him. Good Night and Good Luck


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 4:14 p.m.

The only reason we would win 10 games is because of the new staff led by Coach Hoke! These guys are being taught way better now. Have any of you noticed the subtle comments by some players about the yelling by the previous staff? Guys don't like being screamed at constantly, they do like being taught better and coached up though. Make no mistake about it, if we win 10+ games, again, it will be because of the present staff, anything other line of thinking is wishful thinking, perhaps by the MCC people.


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 4:24 a.m.

Mick -- all due respect but Rich Rodriguez has been at least a fairly successful FBS head football coach for many years. None of us here are FBS head coaches. What do we really know about his "yelling" and if it was detrimental to team performance? Come on.


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 12:58 a.m.

Basically agree....this staff does things the right way and will benefit from it. Remember, about our best o linemen (blank on name H... something I think) defected to O$U because of the yelling, swearing and loss of "Family Atmosphere" that has always been a Michigan trait. That said, football coaches do yell, they have been known to swear from time to time and are quite intence. The difference between most coaches and RR is the fact that most care about the team, institution and athletes, thus they may yell etc, but respect them. RR seemed to be more of a degrading type of yelling etc, not respectful to them...Brady has assembled a very good staff. RR never seemed to get his staff together let alone get the program organized. This team has the potential and the talent to win the conference and more. They would have been nowhere near that under RR, rest assured.


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 10:09 p.m.

Nice try Scott, that's not what I mean, of course coaches have to raise their voices from time to time. But the WCIMFH was a constant screamer obviously, I'm sure Hoke and Staff have raised their voices sometimes, but you don't have to yell all the time man! Like John B so aptly mentioned, his behavior on the sidelines was embarrassing. People just tune you out after a while, that's not teaching, that's just plain berating. When you see Hoke on Game Day you will see a calm and collected guy who's got his players attention.

John B.

Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 8:10 p.m.

It wasn't just his 'yelling.' The way RR acted toward players on game days was immature and embarrassing. Disgusting and low-class, actually....


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 6:57 p.m.

Yeah ... I'm not going to invest too much in the "yelling" thing ... each coach has their style. Some coaches like to get in the faces and yell, others like to give the evil stink-eye to bad play. The key is how the players respond.


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 5:55 p.m.

A football coach yelling during practice! Well I never...... I heard that one time he skipped tea time too! WHAT A JERK!

Maize and Blue Glory

Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 3:55 p.m.

He failed to mention that this year they have a good coach too !


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 3:40 p.m.

It is a self serving comment and not gracious! If they get to 10 he can say "see I was almost there" and if they only win 5-7 he can say "see I was a good hire and should be hired somewhere else because these guys stopped the progress"! --------------chiro19 Exactly! This thinly disguised self serving comment is typical. Just go away RR!!!


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 12:01 a.m.

So you would've rather he said 5 or 6 wins instead of 9 or 10? I can only imagine the backlash if that happened. Oh right, he should've said nothing. OK, well, he IS an analyst now and he is getting paid to make predictions! Some people just need to relax. If he had sour grapes he would've said 5 or 6 wins. Rich is a classy guy and wants to see Michigan football do well.


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 8:43 p.m.

I feel like he really can't say he was almost there because we have new schemes both offensively and defensively, new play calling, some new talent, and even a new attitude. His job is an analyst now, so he's payed to predict the number of wins a team gets, and 9 or 10 seems pretty reasonable for this Michigan team (hopefully!)


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 3:40 p.m.

This is simply him trying to improve his legacy and image. His point being that the wins will be as a result of his prior effort. Okay, fine. A coin has two sides. If he's going to claim tangential credit for victories, he must also claim responsibility for losses. Cake ... possession and consumption and all that.

Blu n Tpa

Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 3:30 p.m.

OK there's one for each side. I say call it quits right here. No more comments, ever!


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 3:16 p.m.

The schedule is definately in michigans favor to win that many! The problem lies in the Defense not being taught how to play properly over 3 years. You basically have no progress with each class like you typically do. So the Juniors and seniors are playing like freshmen when it comes to technique. The good thing is they should have a higher football IQ over 3 years than regular freshman and should be able to pick up technique within the summer practices. I dont think there will be any issues with the offense. The change in offense will also give the D time to rest because they wont be going 3 and out in 45 seconds or scoring in 30 seconds. It will be a dramatically different looking team and it already feels like it! It is a self serving comment and not gracious! If they get to 10 he can say "see I was almost there" and if they only win 5-7 he can say "see I was a good hire and should be hired somewhere else because these guys stopped the progress"!


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 1:54 p.m.

Still a classy guy......I will miss him being the coach....

1st Down

Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 1:48 a.m.

I wont.


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 10:27 p.m.

Scott, you've got to be an TSIO, MSU or PSU fan or something. Then I could understand you missing him.


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 9:15 p.m.

Just little brothers (msu) and little sisters (buckeyes) spouting off nonsense (including clicking the "like" button like there is no tomorrow. It would be best for RR to wish the team well and leave it at that like Carr did. I have yet to hear Tressel doing the win-loss prediction for the buckeyes, either.

Terry Star21

Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 7:41 p.m.

Oh, I get it - you're joking, sorry I't took me a second !


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 4:59 p.m.

I won't miss him being the coach at all. I don't wish him any ill will; it's more that I'm just ready to move on.


Tue, Aug 16, 2011 : 3:43 p.m.

Will you miss having the wost defenses in the 100+ year history of Michigan?