Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Rodriguez talks Martin's retirement, injuries
By ESPN.com staff
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)
- Center David Molk has responded well in practice and is expected to start against the Lions. Molk has missed the Wolverines' last four games after breaking a bone in his foot Sept. 19 against Eastern Michigan. David Moosman, who replaced Molk at center, will shift to right guard for Saturday's game. The right tackle spot remains undecided between Mark Huge and Perry Dorrestein.
- Senior running back Carlos Brown fully participated in practice and will be ready to go Saturday after missing the last two games with a concussion. The news isn't as promising for Brandon Minor, who continues to be limited in practice because of an injured ankle. "We've been handling that with caution with the hopes that he can play Saturday because we need him to play, "Rodriguez said. "We need him in all the games, but in this game, we need his physical presence in there." Minor ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns last year at Penn State.
- Rodriguez said cornerback J.T. Floyd (flu) is feeling better and should be ready.