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Rich Rod: The experience has made me hungrier for my next job

We are six months away from the job hunting season. Undoubtedly, there will be a number coaching changes after the 2011 college football season.

One coach certainly hoping to get back in the profession is Rich Rodriguez.

Rich Rod told the Register Herald, “I hope I still have 10 or 15 years of coaching in me. The whole experience at Michigan has just made me hungrier for my next job.”

The athletic director that makes the decision to hire Rodriguez will be getting a coach that has led a program to four Big East championships and twice was honored as the Big East Coach of the Year.

He has also handled his departure from Michigan in a first-class manner.

Reflecting back on his Michigan experience, Rodriguez said, “The fans were really great. Even people I’ve talked to since January. There were some that were a little more impatient than others, but overall, the Michigan fans were terrific. But the administration wanted to go in a different direction. When athletic directors change, a lot of them want to bring in their own guys. That was probably the case with this one.”

Although Rich and his family are still living in Michigan, he says they may stay the summer in Naples, Florida, but admitted that West Virginia will always be home.

“My happiness usually is related to winning football games. So my first year was miserable. Things were a little better the second year. But it wasn’t like it was at West Virginia. West Virginia is my home. It always will be my home.”