Thursday, October 10, 2013

Rich Rodriguez lets out some steam about violations at Michigan

Arizona head football coach Rich Rodriguez still has Michigan on his mind.

Rodriguez had plenty to say when asked about NCAA violations against him during his 3-year tenure in Ann Arbor. During an interview with Seth Davis, Rodriguez called the violations that occurred on his watch at Michigan a "bunch of BS".

"I get mad when I think about that, to me -- and I don't mind saying it -- I thought it was a bunch of BS," Rodriguez said. "We got in trouble for, in the offseason, a strength coach putting a rubber ball on a stick for a get-off thing when (players) did their running. A rubber ball on a stick.

"Now think about that, I could have put a hat on a stick -- that was something I got in trouble for."

"Another thing we got in trouble for was letting some of the interns, or quality control guys, sit in the room while we watched film," Rodriguez added. "Not add any input, just sit there and learn -- young coaches wanting to be coaches -- and that's a violation.

"There's schools now that are hiring ex-NFL coaches and scouts to do that full-time for them. Yet I got a violation because of that."

Rodriguez was fired by Michigan after the 2010 season, following three turbulent years. He went 15-22 with the Wolverines and the program was cited for five major rules violations by the NCAA during his tenure. The program was placed on probation for three years.

Among the rules violations the NCAA Committee on Infractions found that Rodriguez “failed to monitor the duties and activities of the quality control staff members, the former graduate assistant coach and a student assistant coach, and the time limits for athletically related activities.”

In my opinion Rodriguez acts like he has an axe to grind when it comes to Michigan.

I'm probably one of the few that feel Rodriguez got a raw deal at Michigan. Fans and boosters wanted nothing to do with the guy and he was cut at the knees anytime he wanted something. Honestly, don't you think Michigan would've found a way to get Demar Dorsey on campus if Lloyd Carr was still around?

Otherwise, Rodriguez really needs to let it go. He talks about Michigan every time someone shoves a mic in his face. It's time to move on a try winning some games at Arizona.

Report: Federov coming out of retirement to play for KHL team

Reports from Russia say that former Detroit Red Wings star Sergei Federov will come out of retirement to play for his KHL team.

According to Pavel Lysenkov of Russia’s Sovietsky Sport, Fedorov will play Friday. Federov is the general manager for CSKA Moscow and has apparently signed himself to a one year contract. The team is currently 5-3-0-7 and is in seventh place in the KHL West.

Federov was named general manager in 2012 after he retired.