Rich Rodriguez: Some Michigan players 'felt a sense of entitlement'

By Jason Priestas on January 30, 2013 at 12:59p

Say, Coach Rodriguez, how were you able to win eight games in your first season at Arizona whereas your first Michigan team only managed three wins?

“We got total buy-in from the get-go here,” Rodriguez said. “From the players to the support staff to everybody that was touching the program. We had some guys committed at Michigan, but we had others that weren’t. Some guys felt a sense of entitlement. The name on the chest, and 'I’ve already arrived.'

“The Chad Hennes and the Jake Longs put the work in and succeeded before us, and guys behind them thought they were entitled to the same status but hadn’t proved anything.”

Don't ever change, Rich.

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jvd253's picture

To be honest, I kind of like RichRod personally.  Seems genuine, down to Earth, goofy.  I think it's important to despise your advisary, and Coach Baconator at TTUN is much easier to despise, in my opinion.

"A guy from Ohio can make it in life if he works hard enough." - Wayne Woodrow Hayes

LABuckeye's picture

Agreed. Despite my hatred of all thing skunkweasel, I kinda felt bad for RichRod most of the time he was there (except on the days we played them).

Bolt's picture

I felt bad for nothing. They were stupid for thinking that would work given the personnel and the attitudes of 'Ganders who did view him as some second class backwoods hick. I also don't feel bad for Dick-Rod on account of the nature of his departure and subsequent torching of bridges to his alma mater.

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The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

jvd253's picture

BED: sincere question: do you and Ross ever talk about the practice of law outside of "work"? 

"A guy from Ohio can make it in life if he works hard enough." - Wayne Woodrow Hayes

BED's picture

With one another?  Not particularly.

In my personal life, with my friends who are also lawyers (and some who aren't)?  All the time!  I love my job, and I like to talk about it.

Why do you ask?

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

AngryWoody's picture

Personally, I like any coach that loses to us that much.

Our Honor Defend!

Dougger's picture

not completely surprising!
i like it.

I like football

FROMTHE18's picture

loved Rich Rod at UM...made that saturday in late november even more fun to watch

Run_Fido_Run's picture

RR's comments confirm what others were saying before he arrived.
After Michigan won a NC with a gritty team in 1997, the program gradually developed a prima donna reputation. Under LLLLLoyd Carr during the late 90s/early 00s, Michigan had a very strong, national recruiting pull and they continued to compete for BT championships, but they were known to have more than a few kids who felt entitled to success and didn't always work that hard.
The big exception to that trend was probably 2006, but that was after the program had underachieved for several years and was constantly hearing about it on College Game Day, etc. Most other years, they'd always seem to lose 3 or 4 games, including against lesser opponents, with some of the better talent in the country. 
RR was probably set up to fail at Michigan in more ways than he ever could have anticipated.

Red Shirt Ensign's picture

The old Joke, "there is always two "L's" in Lloyd  (loses)
And My favorite, did you hear the Michigan / Ohio State game was canceled?  Michigan couldn't get through Toledo (love you 2008)

"Captain, over here, I've found someth... AHHHH!!!!!!"


gobucks96's picture

This!! Just listen to what Mike Hart used to let out of his mouth..... Also listen to them now, no different. The recruits spend waaay too much time trying to prove they are worth something..

Ohio State Ombre's picture

i love the comments. one dude went as far as to say he would return in a micro second to big time football and leave the puny pac 12"
hahahaha, sour grapes

BoFuquel's picture

When all is said and done The Joke will be more fun than DickRod.GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

MN Buckeye's picture

ttun coaches are just too perfect for the hate.  Lloyd looked like a creepy uncle. RR seemed disconnected.  And Brady is, well, I hope he never changes.

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

No M-Man two cents? Come on, man! Rod's issue didn't seem to be Freep. Thoughts?

M Man's picture

Steve it is really funny that you should mention the Detroit Free Press.  Because the paper ran this story (with basically zero news-content value) on the front page of its sports section, above the fold in a sidebar.  Naturally, it was a day later than what internet readers had already seen on the blogs.  But later the same day, it was the Number 2 trending story, right below something about the Pistons that I cannot even recall, and above two other stories: a horrific 30-car plieup on I-75 with multiple fatalities, and above the federal corruption trial of disgraced ex-Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
The Freep has turned its obsessive hatred of Rodriguez into a career. 
Of course what Rodriguez said isn't even really news.  What he said, about "some" players having some degree of "entitlement" feelings isn't so different from what graduating senior DL Will Campbell said about himself, completing a disappointing 4-year career at Michigan after coming out of Cass Tech as a 5-star. 

"When I was younger, I was lazy," Campbell said. "I didn't listen as much, I didn't take everything in like I should of. There were people around me telling me, too -- it was just me not doing it."

buckeyedude's picture

You're right, Rich. Justin Boren never bought in to your bullshit. From the get-go.



Jelligrim's picture

“The Chad Hennes and the Jake Longs put the work in and succeeded before us"
0-4, That's setting your success goals high Rich Rod.

Doc's picture

RR droppin' truth bombs.  I'm lovin' it!

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cinserious's picture

Mike Hart was entitled to be a big-mouthed b---h! His oh and 4 record guarantees he eats crow for the rest of his life.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

Shayla39's picture

Amen and one of my favorite thoughts of Mighty Mouth is at the Big Tourney when he thought he finally saw a victory over TOSU and Evan Turner made that incredible shot!  Was a classic.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I'm inclined to believe him, but at the same time I wonder how Hoke managed to come in and immediately get buy-in from many of the same players that Rich Rod had and sucked with.  Tough to figure out how much of the failure was Rich Rod's fault and how much wasn't.

Class of 2010.

Toilrt Paper's picture

^^^ Because, Hokey is a REAL Michigan man.....born and raised in Ohio. 

Haybucks's picture

Just like Bo, except he doesn't have the Woody love/hate factor.  
But, I'm sure he'll learn to hate Urban!

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain