The announcement yesterday of Rich Rodriguez agreeing to pay the $4 million buyout penalty to West Virginia left me wondering - Why didn't he just do this six months ago? With all of the negative publicity Rodriguez has endured over this issue, only to wind up paying what his West Virginia buyout clearly indicated, makes me also question why Michigan left Rodriguez twisting in the wind all this time.
I have included a few snippets on this issue that I found interesting. This article from Michael Rosenberg shows there is at least one member of the Detroit media who does not care for Coach Rodriguez's tendency to use what some may refer to as colorful vocabulary. Another article from ESPN asks a very legitimate question about this whole issue: Was there really anyone involved in this mess that can say they truly won?
Going forward, Coach Rodriguez can now concentrate exclusively on Michigan football. As Pete Fiutak of collegefootballnews.com says in this article, just wait until Michigan struggles (and I predict loses) to Utah on August 30th, and then things will really start to get ugly in this whole relationship between Rodriguez and the people of Ann Arbor. West Virginia may start looking very inviting at that point.