One thing I swore I would never do again was link to or quote a Detroit Free Press article on this blog. For a while there is was pretty easy, they haven't printed a worthwhile article about Michigan football in a long time. But then Mitch Albom, who usually gets free reign to write about just about whatever he wants, decided he wanted to do a piece on Rich Rodriguez. Of course he didn't just open his laptop and start writing, he called the media relations staff at UM, and got them to agree to let him sit down with Rodriguez for 90 minutes. And of course, anything he wanted to ask was on the table. There were no rules. No one since Rodriguez got to Michigan, has been able to get that level of access to him.
It's all I love about Mitch Albom, and all I can't stand about him in one article. Be that as it may, he asked the right questions, and got the answers he wanted. It's a great read, and worth the click. Read it here.
Just a couple highlights:
M: Talk about your departure from West Virginia and the fallout.
R: Well, I never even got a chance to set the record straight. I just was told hey, take the high road and move on.
M: You were advised to say nothing?
R: Yeah, oh, yeah. Say nothing. Move on. Don't worry about the past. No need to explain yourself. ... But when I look back on it, what did that do for me? (chuckles) You know? I mean, Rita and I have talked about it a lot. I kind of tried to take that high road -- and it didn't do much. I'm thinking I should have said something.
M: Instead people filled in their own blanks?
R: They filled in the blanks ... like, (the stuff about) "He's shredding papers." What are you talking about? I was throwing away game plans from Glenville State College!