Rich Rodriguez, for the first time publicly, admitted he made a mistake by accepting the Michigan job.
On Friday, while serving as a guest analyst on the CBS Sports Network, Rodriguez said, “I think it's easy to go back now and say, 'Gee, made a mistake.' And you can say that now because of hindsight," Rodriguez said in the interview. But at the time, some of the things I was looking to do and the opportunity that was there, you kind of make the move.”
"The frustrating part for us was that we thought we battled through the tougher times to get it to this point where we had a lot of the team coming back and we thought we were getting ready to take off. But you know hindsight is always easier to look back and say, 'It was a mistake.' Because we did have a good thing going at West Virginia, and we really enjoyed it. As you look back at it, wasn't the best move. Easy to say now."
Rodriguez will be back as a head coach by next January, at least we hope so.
You can read more comments from Rich Rod,right here.
Current Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour once had the golden opportunity to hire Rich Rod in 1998. Barbour was the AD at Tulane and Tommy Bowden bolted for Clemson after leading the Green Wave to a 12-0 record. Rich Rod was Tommy Bowden's offensive coordinator.
Instead, Barbour and the Tulane president chose to hire Chris Scelfo. Some think, had Rich Rod been hired, he would have left anyway for West Virginia after the 2000 season when Don Nehlen retired.