Michigan’s notorious tight-lipped approach to releasing football information just received a shocking jolt of openness with new coach Rich Rodriguez, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit said Thursday.
“I knew that of all the universities in the entire country, that the one that was the Gestapo all the sudden just got a full different feel,” said Herbstreit, a former Ohio State quarterback.
Herbstreit said the difference between former coach Lloyd Carr, who retired, and Rodriguez is significant. Rodriguez came to Michigan from West Virginia.
“He (Rodriguez) is like what you see is what you get type of guy. And Lloyd’s like, ‘How’s Henne’s arm?’ ‘What arm?’ (Rodriguez is) going to tell you what’s on your mind. I love that personally, but I also know Bo (Schembechler) didn’t do that, Gary (Moeller) didn’t do that and Lloyd didn’t do that.
“I’ve always wondered if the university would engage him and say, ‘This is how we do it here,’ or are they going to say, ‘Hey, fend for yourself.’ If that’s case, you guys (the media) are winners.”
“He’ll tell you almost anything.”