Rich Rodriguez gave a speech in suburban Detroit last night that included him comparing the woes of Michigan football to Hurricane Katrina:
Itâ€™s really kind of ironic that the New Orleans Saints overcame the hurricane a few years back. And weâ€™ve had a few hurricanes of our own. We had a big hurricane in August, and it kind of hit us like a ton of bricks. But you had 120 young men and a bunch of people on the staff that said this is not going to tear our program apart.
Rodriguez also noted that he once lived in Louisiana, which means that if he receives any subsequent criticism for such an asinine statement in the coming days, I’m sure he’ll use that as cover.
Someone might also want to brush RichRod up on the definition of irony. What the hell does the Saints turning their franchise aroud have to do catastrophic hurricane that crippled a city? We all know what he was thinking when he made the statement, but the comparison is not applicable. Not even close.
Here’s some help coach:
Ironically, the only applicable part of the analogy - RichRod’s underwater record - wasn’t noted.
I understand that football is life and death to coaches, and that when you’re in that business you can sometimes lose perspective on the impact of things around you. I covered major college sports for 16 years. USC, Ohio State, Georgia. The biggest programs. At practice, hanging out with the coaches, players, you name it.
But no matter the single-minded lifestyle that the industry propagates, I’m confident that 99% in the same business as Rodriguez would say he went over the line with that comment.