Rich Rodriguez Makes Arizona Lift Weights to 'Barbie Girl,' 'the Macarena,' and the Audio of a Baby Crying

By DJ Byrnes on August 7, 2014 at 12:07p
A Michigan fan reflecting on the high times once had with Rich Rodriguez [Flickr]

Urban Meyer wants an angry team, but I don't think he'd be willing to torture his team in order to fire them up.

Rich Rodriguez, a confirmed sadist by extension of coaching at Michigan, is apparently willing to walk over international treaties to fire up his team.

From ESPN's Chantel Jennings, via Arizona Desert Swarm:

Andrew Warsaw, Arizona's Operation's Coordinator, is in charge of the Wildcats' music. After the series of promotional videos Arizona has released, it should come as no surprise that the practice music is also a little bit off-the-wall sometimes.

"Depending on what coach [Rich Rodriguez] wants, we will play whatever," Warsaw said. "If he wants to us to play something annoying during a certain period of practice we will play a baby crying for five-straight minutes, or songs like Barbie Girl or The Macarena."

I actually like the Macarena, I think it holds up quite well.

The idea of listening to Barbie Girl, or worse yet, a baby crying, makes blood leak from my ears.

And even bleeding out through my ears sounds more appealing than that.


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kyo's picture

You may leak blood out of your ears, but reading that you actually like the Macarena makes my eyes bleed. And NOBODY makes me bleed my own blood!

+8 HS
Oyster's picture

I miss Rich Rod.  Just one question though,  does he ever play any Josh Groban for the team?

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

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OSU_ALUM_05's picture

I just hope RichRod wins a Rose Bowl with Arizona before *ichigan wins another one.  That would put an enormous smile on my face.

Yeti's have feelings too.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Agreed. Don't get me wrong, I loved him at Michigan. Torturing aside, however, I've fallen in love with his work at Arizona, trolling of Nick Saban/Bielema and everything else.

Viva Dick Rod.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

robobuck's picture

Yes! Love OBCsw

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.  1 Corinthians 9:24

Hovenaut's picture

I'm hopeful the football gods bequeath upon us a RichZona versus Bradigan PAC12 vs B1G c list bowl.

I'd watch that.

+10 HS
Fatpants's picture

The more of this stuff he does the more apparent it becomes that he would never have fit in with those god-damned stuffed shirt michigan turds. 

I'm just a poo gas huffin' toilet snorkeler at heart....

+4 HS
tussey's picture

I guess you could say he is Rich Roll'n his team

+7 HS
thatlillefty's picture

But why? What is the motivation for intentionally annoying your players with terrible music? If anything, it has to distract his players from their drills/exercises.

On another note, I've noticed the buckeye coaching staff likes to play rap during events (ie: Friday Night Lights). Having grown up listening to rap, I love it. I'm sure the players do too. But I wonder whether the coaches themselves, actually enjoy it.

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Poison nuts's picture

I gotta think if you can practice with a baby crying blaring from the speakers that a hostile crowd won't bother you too much, so I guess it might help with preparing for an away game. Maybe force you to focus when you're being distracted... Can't really come up much else.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

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pompano buckeye's picture

Perhaps he is preparing his team for a match against Michigan fans...speaking of a bunch of cry babies!

“...indomitable in victory, insufferable in defeat.” Woody Hayes

11UrbzAndSpices's picture

I don't know, this used to be on my workout playlist...Then again, anything in a Germanic language sounds pretty angry

"Quit skipping leg day bro" - Dr James Andrews

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Liening's picture

Ha!  I do not want to hear a translation, because it cannot possibly measure up to my imagination!


Oldschoolbuck's picture

Rich Rodriguez, a confirmed sadist masochist by extension of coaching at Michigan...

Fixed it for you, DJ.

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Poison nuts's picture


"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

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Gametime's picture

Michigan vs. Arizona in a bowl game to watch Rich Rod destroy Hoke by 30 and force him & Brandon out the door. TSUN brings Lloyd Carr back to be the AD, who then brings in Jim Harbaugh after the 49ers lose again in the NFC championship game to the Seattle Seahawks (who go on to repeat.)

It could happen.

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

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Rocket Man's picture

Shame on you for laying out such a scary scenario.

I didn't go to engineering school to be a 'people person'

+2 HS
J.Mo's picture

Fact: Barbie Girl and The Macarena are both better songs than The Victors.

+5 HS
Nick_Satan's picture

He should just make them listen to Hail to the Victors over and over that would get me pissed off after a while. It would also give me Nightmares of tim biakabutuka.

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

Rich Rod is a creeper in my opinion