Sunday, December 16, 2007
Michigan is now officially pillaging West Virginia
Breaking news on this snowy NFL Sunday. Michigan hired West Virginia's Rich Rodriguez today to be the new head football coach of the program.
Rodriguez, of course, replaces Lloyd Carr. Carr will coach the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1 against Florida.
Michigan will have to fork out four million dollars for Rodriguez's buyout clause.
This is the second time Michigan has lured away a WVU head coach. In April, Michigan hired then Mountaineers basketball coach John Beilein to head its program.
As a lifelong Michigan fan, I like this hire. Rodriguez is a proven winner, recruits well and is a likeable guy. However, I'm not blind as to what this immediately means for Michigan's program.
Rodriguez's offensive system requires a lot of speed, something Michigan does not have much of on its current roster or incoming recruiting class. It's going to take Rodriguez at least one season, probably two, to get his type of players in Maize and Blue uniforms.