Memo To Rodriguez: It's All About Ohio State
Rodriguez took a lot of heat when his team, with a bid to the BCS championship game on the line, dropped a stink bomb during its season finale against Pitt. It was a game the Mountaineers clearly should have won - and in a rout.
Coaches sure are a sensitive breed. The criticism stings them more than it should. Especially those prone to cut and run will move on rapidly if they don’t feel secure. It’s why Nick Saban left MSU in a huff after his best season there. His family was perfectly happy in East Lansing. LSU was not in great shape. Saban had gotten his program righted at MSU. He left because he didn’t feel like he had enough backing, and the criticism from the previous years stung him mightily.
I like the Rodriguez hire. I don’t think Michigan could have done better. The only thing I don’t like about Rodriguez is the way he kind of blew off the Ohio State question at his press conference. He has never been involved in a rivalry close to matching it. You can just tell. Wonder if he understands just how big it is, particularly since Michigan has lost six of its last seven games against the hairless nuts. I can guarantee you this: He will soon find out.
- I can’t help but wonder what the first of the year has in store for the Tigers. I know Dave Dombrowski is going to make some moves to bolster the bullpen. It will be interesting to see what those moves will be.
- I think the Pistons will beat the Celtics tonight. And I do think it will matter. This is as close to a statement game as a regular season game can be. Look for Chauncey Billups to have his best game of the season - and for the Pistons to clamp down defensively on the Celtics’ Big Three.