MICHIGAN GRABS A MOUNTAINEERS COACH FOR 2ND TIME: Morgantown is turning into Ann Arbor’s farm team.
In their search for a head coach, Michigan has yet again pilfered West Virginia. On Sunday, The Wolverines hired Rich Rodriguez away from the Mountaineers, ending a month-long quest that saw LSU’s Les Miles and Rutgers’ Greg Schiano say no to the Maize & Blue.
As the CHARLESTON (WV) DAILY MAIL points out, it’s the second time this year the Big Ten power has borrowed brains from the Big East school. Last April, Michigan lured away Mountaineers men’s basketball coach John Beilein to prowl along the Crisler Arena courtside.Unlike a recent head coach who sneaked out on his team, Rodriguez met with his players in person before Sunday’s practice to inform them of his decision. As cornerback Vaughn Rivers noted, “Coach Rod was a man about it.”
On a side note, for those Wolverines fans looking toward the future, the domain fireRichRodriguez.com is still available for only $250.• In other employment news, Duke’s online ad seems to have worked, as Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe agreed to take over the Blue Devils:
Meanwhile, Northern Illinois made a Kill-ing by hiring away Southern Illinois’ Jerry KillSteve Fairchild to handle the Huskies, Colorado State charged Buffalo Bills OC with turning around the Rams, and Houston snagged Sooners assistant Kevin Sumlin to lead the Cougars.The new hirings mean that only West Virginia, UCLA and SMU are left searching the want ads.