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Thursday, December 27, 2007

The RichRod Fiasco: Winners and Losers

Winner: University of Michigan. Once again, Michigan has found a great head coach at WVU, which is starting to resemble something of a AAA affiliate of Ann Arbor. It looks like they've found their man to bring home the bacon against OSU and, if he has time, maybe win a Rose Bowl or two.

Winner: Rich Rodriguez's career. As shady as his exit was, his move is seen by folks in 49 states and 6 counties as a bump from a second-tier school in the 6th best conference to a top ten school in arguably the nation's most prestigious league, the Big Ten.

Loser: Rich Rodriguez, the person. Even with his fat paycheck and his Big House, RichRod has got to feel a bit like Philip Nolan right now. My guess is that Thanksgiving will be at his place for a few years instead of in Grant Town. Do keep your eye out of a balding meathead in a Groucho disguise in north-central WV, though.

Winner: Pitt. They limp into Mylar-Pushcart Stadium (or whatever it is called), beat WVU, knock them out of the national championship, run the coach out of town, and send the program, the university, and most of the state into a tailspin. Dave Wannstedt totally bought himself a contract renewal with that one.

Losers: Current WVU football players and employees. What a total kick in the balls. No wonder Oklahoma tried to get the bowls switched: if their own coach doesn't want them, why should the #4 team in the nation?

Winners: A bunch of coaches. First of all, someone is going to end up with the sweetest first-year coaching situation since George Seifert inherited a stacked 49ers team in 1989. Additionally, Jimbo Fisher reminded FSU that he was in fact a hot property and they should do what they can to make him happy until Bobby Bowden retires and Doc Holliday has seen his profile raise from an unknown to a mover-and-shaker on the college scene. Terry Bowden, seemingly the front-runner for the job, has jumped from has-been to red-hot with all of this talk about him becoming the next head coach.

Losers: WVU fans. I'm just not talking about getting stabbed in the back here, folks. That part sucks, but I'm focusing more on the reaction here. WVU fans have acted like this event, and not mountaintop removal or economic stagflation or a bloated state government or political cronyism is the worst thing to ever happen to WV. It isn't. Move on and stop being so sensitive, we've all got a lot of work to do to stop being 49th in everything.

Winners: WVU boosters. Sure, they are coming off as greedy, know-it-all fucks right now, but their butts shall soon be kissed hardcore to ensure that those piles of cash aren't gonna dry up anytime soon.

Winner: Marshall University. Even though our main rivals are and always will be Ohio University, we do love it whenever WVU, as an institution, gets reminded of its true place in the grand scheme of things. That being said, this isn't how we would have wanted it to happen, as no one likes a back-stabbing, so the whole y'all-getting-knocked-down-a-peg thing isn't what makes us a winner here. This is the scenerio I'm thinking: in 2013, after three straight losses to Ohio State and some bad seasons, Michigan shitcans RichRod. Where would the logical choice be for him to rebuild his career and reputation? Yup, the school where he has in-state ties and no ill-will. sure, he'd only stick around for a few years, but anything beats Mark Snyder's bumbling ass.

Loser: Joe Manchin. What happens when your childhood friend and your hand-picked lackeys can't get along? You look like an even bigger jackass, that's what. We've got five more years of this, folks....

Loser: Mike Garrison. They really should have picked a professional with experience as an academic administrator as opposed to some lawyer/flunky from Charleston who is in waaay over his head. Am I the only one who hears a faint "tick-tock" slowly getting louder?

Winner: WVU football in the long term. OK, it seems dark right now, but these past few weeks has gotten WVU more coverage than anything in recent memory, including the Sugar Bowl win. Where the rest of the nation once thought of WVU as a bunch of couch-burning hillbillies who shout obscenities at families with ECU and Pitt shirts on game day, there seems to be some sympathy for the 'eers out there these days. If WVU can have an inspirational winning season next year, this could solidify their spot as a top 20 program.

Uncertain: Ed Pastilong. He fumbled, so to speak, by letting RichRod go. But, if he gets the right coach and succeeds, he can look like the hero of the situation. If not, he can ask Garrison if he, too, hears that damn clock.

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18 Comments:

Blogger marycurran said...

Awesome message

Thursday, December 27, 2007  
Blogger The Film Geek said...

Terrific analysis, and another great post. As a transplant to one of those six counties from central WV, I identify with a whole bunch of those points.

Happy New Year, Chris.

Thursday, December 27, 2007  
Blogger Fred Zimmerman said...

As Michigan fan living in Ann Arbor, refreshing to see a relatively sane post from WVU territory.

My wife and daughter and I were reading aloud from Bo Schembechler's autobiography last night (yes, we really do that here in AA) and we came across the passage where Bo was asked to go to Texas A&M in 1982 for a 400% raise from 60,000 to $240,000. His assistants supported it, but Bo couldn't do it to his players.

OurRod has some big shoes to fill. Not a single losing season since Bo came in 1969!

Thursday, December 27, 2007  
Anonymous curran said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSiDa044cNM

Thursday, December 27, 2007  
Blogger Chris James said...

Fred: It's always great to have new folk stop by, especially when they can offer a fresh perspective. One thing, though: don't let the "WV" in "Huntington, WV" fool you. In these parts, We Are...Marshall.

MaryCurran: LMFAO and thanks for the kind words (I assume that "Curran" and "MaryCurran" are the same).

TFG: Happy New Year to you, too.

Thursday, December 27, 2007  
Blogger Fred Zimmerman said...

We loved the movie of We Are Marshall.

Thursday, December 27, 2007  
Blogger marycurran said...

I loved that movie too.

Thursday, December 27, 2007  
Blogger MountainLaurel said...

I, one of the biggest WVU fans, loved the Marshall movie as well. As I've loved every visit I've made to Marshall U. It's a great place.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008  
Blogger Fred Zimmerman said...

Why is there such a "loyalty test" attitude about living in West Virginia?

Moving out of state isn't a betrayal in the rest of the country ...

Tuesday, January 08, 2008  
Blogger marycurran said...

Loyalty can't be taught, but Coach Rod drilled it over and over and made many statements about how coaching at WV was his goal in life and how he'd never leave. WV has been on a climb for 20 years and he's just a part of it, but they are a great team, as good as or better than Michigan. His leaving is saying, hey folks, just kidding, WV isn't really all that great, there's something bigger and better out there and I used you to try to get to it.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008  
Blogger Fred Zimmerman said...

I get tired of all this negativity from folks in WV. Why don't you try feeling good for one of your own? Won't kill ya.

He's a WV boy, he'll want to come back home eventually, and, if y'all are worth anything, you'll welcome him as a Prodigal son. Remember, the way Jesus taught?

Tuesday, January 08, 2008  
Blogger marycurran said...

The prodigal son did come home.
That's the point.
If you're not one of us, you'll never understand.
I've been going to WVU games since I was 3 and I'm 43 now. I went 17 years without ever missing a home game, and I'm only an average fan.
If you can say that, then you might get it. Until then, you won't. We bleed blue and gold. You don't.
Apples and organges.
Quit trying to figure it out.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008  
Blogger Fred Zimmerman said...

I'm not having any trouble figuring this out.

You're wallowing in a bitter, unChristian funk of resentment and anger. Get over it. Be glad for your own, and stop acting like a bunch of jerks.

Cheers,

Fred

Tuesday, January 08, 2008  
Anonymous curran said...

Be glad for him. I'm glad we're rid of him. Watch this and leave me alone.
Thanks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn6MBv8eOQQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn6MBv8eOQQ

Tuesday, January 08, 2008  
Blogger Fred Zimmerman said...

i stand by my position. you guys are way too torqued up about Rodriguez doing something that people in the rest of the world do every day: move on to a different job.

take a look inside your hearts. sports, and state pride, aren't supposed to be about negativity. if they are, there's something wrong.

jesus wasn't telling us to hate the prodigal until he returns.

congratulations on your program's great win and its great new coach.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008  
Anonymous curran said...

What kind of person leaves their players before the biggest bowl game of their careers?
I'm sorry, I don't want anything bad to happen to him, but he is a money hungry greedy pig who didn't deserve the love and loyalty he received. He is Judas.
forgiven, but not not forgotten

Tuesday, January 08, 2008  
Blogger Fred Zimmerman said...

well, like I said at the beginning of the thread, Bo couldn't leave his players during the offseason, let alone right before a bowl game -- so I hear you ... but it is just a game

god bless

Tuesday, January 08, 2008  
Blogger Chris James said...

I removed the song lyrics. Bash on RichRod at will, but not his family.

Feel free to re-write sans familial comments.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008  

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