The Rich Rodriguez File

The Rich Rodriguez File

Michigan's search for the next head football coach has ended. Rich Rodriguez will be named the Wolverines next coach at a 9:00 a.m. press conference (on ESPNews) Monday morning in Ann Arbor. Get to know the Wolverines next coach here on GBW with the Rodriguez file. What has the new Michigan coach done at each stop in his career?

Michigan has found its new football coach. In Rich Rodriguez, the Wolverines bring a shot of adrenaline and fresh blood to a program recently considered stale by others around the country. Get to know the new coach here in GBW's Rich Rodriguez file.

Rich Rodriguez
Age: 44
Birthplace: Grant Town, West Virginia
Family: Rita (wife), Raquel (daughter), Rhett (son)

Playing Career
Rich Rodriguez was a 1981 graduate of North Marion High School in West Virginia. As a four-sport athlete, Rodriguez finished as all-state selections in both football and basketball. Bringing his career to the collegiate level, Rodriguez walked onto the West Virginia football team in the fall of 1981. After earning a scholarship from head coach Don Nehlen, Rodriguez recorded 54 tackles in three years as a defensive back for the Mountaineers.

Coaching Career
At age 24, Rich Rodriguez became the youngest head coach in the country when taking a job at Salem College. After finishing at 2-8 in his first year, the program made the decision to drop its football program.

Out of a job, Rodriguez returned to West Virginia as a volunteer coach with the outside linebackers in 1989. His return to West Virginia was short lived, however. In 1990, Glenville State College offered Rich Rodriguez his second head coaching position. Over his first three years with GSU, Rodriguez posted just an 11-16-2 record. Over the next four, Glenville State was 33-12-0 and recorded four straight conference titles.

In 1997, Rodriguez left his position at Glenville State University to serve as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at Tulane University. During two years as the programs offensive coordinator, Tulane finished with a record of 19-4. The team finished 12-0 in 1998 and Rodriguez offense finished second nationally in scoring with 45.4 points per game. His offense also finished fourth in total offense (507.1 yards) and 13th in passing offense (304.7).

According to the Tulane website, in 945 football games Tulane had played prior to 1997 the Green Wave had gained 200 yards both passing and rushing just 13 times. In the 23 games during the 1997-98 seasons, Tulane reached the 200-yard mark both rushing and passing 10 times.

Rodriguez followed his head coach, Tommy Bowden, to Clemson in 1999. Over two years with the same role for the Tigers, Rodriguez continued to develop his play calling offensively. Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler was on pace to become the first quarterback in college football history to rush for over 1,000 yards and pass for over 2,000 yards in the same season before an injury cut his season short. One year later, he accomplished that feat with 2,360 yards passing and 1,004 yards on the ground. Clemson's points per game rose over 13 points in Rodriguez second and final year running the Tigers offense.

West Virginia returned to replace his former coach, Don Nehlen, at the end of the 2000 football season. His new team struggled to a 3-8 record in his first year coaching his alma matter, but the team recorded the biggest turnaround in Big East history when improving to 9-4 during the 2001 season. Out of his spread attack, Avon Cobourne set a new West Virginia record with 1,710 yards rushing, a record now owned by current back Steve Slaton.

In 2003, Rodriguez and his Mountaineers finished tied for first in the Big East standings, the first of three straight conference titles.

In 2005 the Mountaineers had their best ever season under Rodriguez. With a final record of 11-1, West Virginia finished No. 5 in the national polls after a surprising 38-35 win over the Georgia Bulldogs in the Nokia Sugar Bowl.

Since 2005, Rodriguez' Mountaineers have a combined record of 32-5. The team finished 11-2 in in 2006 and finished 10-2 in 2007.

Key Figures
1999
Rush Offense - 157.0 YPG (44th in NCAA)
Michigan Rush Offense - 129.5 YPG (79th in NCAA)

Passing Offense - 246.6 YPG (31st in NCAA)
Michigan Passing Offense - 255.5 YPG (24th in NCAA)

Total Offense - 403.64 YPG (36th in NCAA)
Michigan Total Offense - 384.2 YPG (48th in NCAA)

Scoring Offense - 28.6 (41st in NCAA)
Michigan Scoring Offense - 29.6 (31st in NCAA)

2000
Rush Offense - 236.36 YPG (10th in NCAA)
Michigan Rush Offense - 220.18 YPG (14th in NCAA)

Passing Offense - 210.1 YPG (63rd in NCAA)
Michigan Passing Offense - 225.3 YPG (45th in NCAA)

Total Offense - 446.45 YPG (10th in NCAA)
Michigan Total Offense - 445.45 YPG (11th in NCAA)

Scoring Offense - 36.0 (14th in NCAA)
Michigan Scoring Offense - 33.91 (17th in NCAA)

2001
Rush Offense - 181.09 YPG (36th in NCAA)
Michigan Rush Offense - 146.64 YPG (64th in NCAA)

Passing Offense - 164.6 YPG (96th in NCAA)
Michigan Passing Offense - 214.1 YPG (65th in NCAA)

Total Offense - 345.73 YPG (80th in NCAA)
Michigan Total Offense - 360.73 YPG (70th in NCAA)

Scoring Offense - 21.36 (89th in NCAA)
Michigan Scoring Offense - 27.55 (54th in NCAA)

2002
Rush Offense - 283.62 YPG (2nd in NCAA)
Michigan Rush Offense - 148.38 YPG (59th in NCAA)

Passing Offense - 134.8 YPG (108th in NCAA)
Michigan Passing Offense - 232.8 YPG (44th in NCAA)

Total Offense - 418.46 YPG (18th in NCAA)
Michigan Total Offense - 381.15 YPG (52nd in NCAA)

Scoring Offense - 30.46 (33rd in NCAA)
Michigan Scoring Offense - 27.77 (54th in NCAA)

2003
Rush Offense - 212.46 YPG (13th in NCAA)
Michigan Rush Offense - 175.92 YPG (38th in NCAA)

Passing Offense - 156.5 YPG (105th in NCAA)
Michigan Passing Offense - 270.8 YPG (22nd in NCAA)

Total Offense - 368.92 YPG (72nd in NCAA)
Michigan Total Offense - 446.69 YPG (15th in NCAA)

Scoring Offense - 28.92 (40th in NCAA)
Michigan Scoring Offense - 35.38 (12th in NCAA)

2004
Rush Offense - 252.83 YPG (7th in NCAA)
Michigan Rush Offense - 153.58 YPG (61st in NCAA)

Passing Offense - 166.1 YPG (104th in NCAA)
Michigan Passing Offense - 232.9 YPG (45th in NCAA)

Total Offense - 418.92 YPG (26th in NCAA)
Michigan Total Offense - 386.50 YPG (46th in NCAA)

Scoring Offense - 30.8 (29th in NCAA)
Michigan Scoring Offense - 30.83 (24th in NCAA)

2005
Rush Offense - 272.42 YPG (4th in NCAA)
Michigan Rush Offense - 161.58 YPG (44th in NCAA)

Passing Offense - 116.5 YPG (115th in NCAA)
Michigan Passing Offense - 222.7 YPG (61st in NCAA)

Total Offense - 388.92 YPG (50th in NCAA)
Michigan Total Offense - 384.25 YPG (55th in NCAA)

Scoring Offense - 32.08 (31st in NCAA)
Michigan Scoring Offense - 28.75 (45th in NCAA)

2006
Rush Offense - 303.8 YPG (2nd in NCAA)
Michigan Rush Offense - 175.54 YPG (21st in NCAA)

Passing Offense - 158.4 YPG (100th in NCAA)
Michigan Passing Offense - 195.2 YPG (64th in NCAA)

Total Offense - 461.38 YPG (5th in NCAA)
Michigan Total Offense - 370.77 YPG (38th in NCAA)

Scoring Offense - 38.85 (3rd in NCAA)
Michigan Scoring Offense - 29.23 (26th in NCAA)

2007
Rush Offense - 292.92 YPG (4th in NCAA)
Michigan Rush Offense - 166.08 YPG (44th in NCAA)

Passing Offense - 157.6 YPG (113th in NCAA)
Michigan Passing Offense - 207.4 YPG (73rd in NCAA)

Total Offense - 450.50 YPG (19th in NCAA)
Michigan Total Offense - 373.50 YPG (74th in NCAA)

Scoring Offense - 38.92 (11th in NCAA)
Michigan Scoring Offense - 26.08 (68th in NCAA)

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