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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Rodriguez talks Martin's retirement, injuries

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez today weighed in on the impending retirement of athletic director Bill Martin, the man who hired him in December 2007.

Martin will step down on Sept. 4, 2010, the day of Michigan's season opener against Connecticut in the new Michigan Stadium. Rodriguez praised Martin's accomplishments as AD, and also made reference to the rough times they've been through together, which include Rodriguez's legal issues with West Virginia and the allegations of NCAA rule violations against the football program that surfaced days before the 2009 season.

"It's going to be sad to see him go," Rodriguez said. "We’ve probably had a lifetime of stories in less than two years. That’s natural when you have a transition … We’ve had a lot of laughs and we’ve had a few tough moments. I’m hoping that over the next 10 to 12 months that he has left as athletic director, we have a lot of good moments that we can share as well."

Rodriguez isn't worried about Martin's successor and remains fully focused on the football season.

The coach also provided some injury updates for Saturday's game at No. 13 Penn State (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET)