No issue with RichRod's 'mistake' comment

April, 25, 2011
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Rich Rodriguez created a bit of a stir during the weekend when he admitted leaving West Virginia for Michigan might have been a mistake.

Gee, ya think?

Here's the full interview CBSsports.com had with Rodriguez, who weighed in on his tumultuous Michigan tenure:
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Gregory Shamus/Getty ImagesFormer Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez admitted that leaving West Virginia may have been a "mistake."
"You know that's a fair question, and I've been asked that before. I think it's easy to go back now and say, 'Gee, made a mistake.' And you can say that now because of hindsight. 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."

I have no problems with any of this from RichRod. We want honesty from coaches and Rodriguez provides it, even if it's not politically correct. Anyone looking at his situation objectively would say the same thing. He left a great situation at West Virginia -- a program he had elevated to elite status -- for a Michigan program that had some challenges he struggled to meet.

That's not a knock against Michigan. Rodriguez wasn't the right guy to take the program to another level, plain and simple. Brady Hoke or another coach certainly can get the job done in Ann Arbor.

Rodriguez believed he could win at Michigan when he took the job. He believed he could win when he was fired Jan. 5. But as he looked back at all the drama and all the losses of the last three years, he characterized the experience like many of us do.

From CBSsports.com's Gregg Doyel:
Wasn't the best move. Easy to say now.
Wrong, former coach Rodriguez. That's not easy to say now. Not for men like you, experts in your field, leaders of young men and masters of the universe. For men like you, an admission of fault is damn near impossible to say. I've rarely heard it said by a coach or manager, and I've never heard it said as plainly, as humbly, as Rodriguez said it the other day.

We often get on these coaches for twisting the truth, and rightfully so. But I'm not going to knock Rodriguez for being honest.

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