Publish date:

Rich Rod open and honest in exclusive interview

Michigan is 5-2 on the season under third-year, highly scrutinized head coach Rich Rodriguez.

The Wolverines are IDLE this week, so Detroit News reporter Bob Wojnowski asked Rodriguez for an exclusive interview. Wait until you read this one.

Give credit to Rodriguez for his open and honest answers about his job security, defensive coaches, and pressure to win in the coaching profession.

Rodriguez says, “It's not like, 'OK, I'm gonna try harder because there's more pressure.' You kidding me? I'm gonna try as hard as I can whether we won the last 10 or lost the last 10. That's the way I think you should approach life. Go full speed.”

“Every year as a head coach in Division I is like dog years, it should count as seven. There's the toll on your family too.”

Rodriguez defended his program by saying, “A lot of people don't know what's going on in a program and make opinions based on what's written or what they hear or what's rumored. If they really, really knew everything, maybe they wouldn't be so quick to judge.”

“I think every program nowadays, it's not as easy to win. It doesn't automatically happen. I'm not making excuses, I'm just telling the truth.”

Michigan travels to Penn State next weekend. The Wolverines round out their schedule with Illinois, at Purdue, Wisconsin, and at Ohio State.