New Football Coach Allows Maize & Blue Faithful to Rest Easy

A lot of space has been taken up in the Michigan (land of my upbringing) media detailing the University of Michigan’s search for a head football coach after Lloyd Carr retired. Today we learn that all the rumors come to an end as West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez has agreed to take the helm in Ann Arbor.

One might be forgiven if he came to the conclusion that the Mountaineers’ program was the Wolverines’ coaching farm system. After all, Michigan hired John Beilein directly from West Virginia this past April to coach their men’s basketball program. Now the football team. A direct line from Morgantown to Ann Arbor? Perhaps.

Regardless, let me assure you that fans of the illustrious University of Michigan football program – which has gone nearly four decades without a serious search for a head coach – are resting easy tonight. Rodriguez may not have been the first choice of many, but I don’t think the Wolverines could have done much better.

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