Michigan's turbulent month-long search to replace legendary coach Lloyd Carr is over. Rich Rodriguez, the six-year coach at West Virginia and one of the architects of its devastating no-huddle spread offense, will defect after compiling a record of 60-26 at his alma mater. His salary is rumored to be in the $2.5 million range.
His excited mentor, ex-Mountaineers coach Don Nehlen, tells the Detroit News, "I think it's tremendous. There are very few Michigans. When you coach at West Virginia you walk on water in West Virginia, but when you coach at Michigan, you walk on water, period. There's a difference. Some people around here don't want to believe that."