Rich Rodriguez has been out of the crucible at Michigan for nearly a year, and out of the line of fire that followed him out of West Virginia for nearly four. The light have been turned out. The keys have been turned in. The book has been written. But that doesn't mean Rodriguez has to feign objectivity when it comes to the subject of lawsuits filed by his alma mater.
This time, West Virginia is the one that wants out: The university is suing the Big East to get out from under a mandated 27-month "notification period" that will keep the Mountaineers in the conference through the summer of 2014, though they're already making plans to be in the Big 12 by next year. To which Rodriguez responded Tuesday on his regular gig on CBS College Sports, predictably, "I seem to remember, about three-and-a-half years ago, I think there was a coach who wanted out of a contract because the situation had changed. And they said, 'a contract's a contract!' "
Okay, so when it comes to withering retorts, Winston Churchill he is not. Public speaking was never exactly Rodriguez's strong suit. But even if he'd never break out the therm "schadenfreude" behind a microphone, he knows it when he sees it.
- Rich Rodriguez