By J. Henderson
One year and one week after a midnight hour rejection of the Crimson Tide, Rich Rodriguez found a job worth leaving his alma-mater for.
“I received word this afternoon that Coach Rodriguez has chosen to remain the head football coach at West Virginia,” said Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore in a statement issued Dec. 8, 2006. “I fully respect his decision and wish him the best.”
The best, apparently for Rodriguez, is the University of Michigan.
There is little mention in the early reportage of the latest coaching rearrangement of Rodriguez’ 2006 drama with Alabama, perhaps because, though it does offer crystal clarity of the Crimson Tide’s has-been status, that status is old, old news outside of Tuscaloosa.
Despite SI’s pathetic, near–annual insistence, Bama, like, apparently, Arkansas, is a rebound job, at best; Rodriguez’ decision has to be nauseating for Bama fans, humiliating perhaps… if they can even feel anything anymore.
Meanwhile, this can mean nothing but good things for Auburn, at least seemingly, at least in my way of thinking.
The Tigers start a 2-game series with the Mountaineers next year; it is their first game of the season (our second!). Despite their New Coach Impotency, their ascendent BCS prestige sticks around through at least the first game. We destroy them, but the NCI fast disappears. They end the season 11-1 and the computers swoon for ol’ Auburn!
Thanks Rich! Beat Appy State!