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Bitch-Slap-of-the-Week – Michigan Coach Rich-Rod

ANN ARBOR – University of Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez and Wolverine linebacker Jonas Mouton have earned rich-rodthis week’s Bitch-Slap-of-the-Week honors.

The struggling Michigan coach who was recently accused of breaking NCAA rules, again made negative headlines after he ignored a serious incident involving Mouton during last Saturday’s victory over Notre Dame.

Mouton officially joined Oregon Ducks player McGarette Blount as a cheap-shot artist when he threw an uppercut sucker punch into the jaw of Notre Dame center Eric Olsen while Olsen was on his knees attempting to get up on his feet after a play was over.

As the embarrassing video made its way around the internet and sports sites all over the country, Rich-Rod continued to brush the incident off until finally delivering a lame account followed by a description of the incident that doesn’t match the tape, even in the biggest stretch of imagination. “The little bit I saw, the clip I saw, the guys got tangled up together and Jonas was trying to free himself.” said Rodriguez. Here’s the punch on YouTube.

The Big Ten responded to the sucker-punch by suspending Mouton for one game for violating the Big Ten Sportslike Conduct Agreement.

“The actions of Jonas Mouton during the Notre Dame game are unacceptable,” Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said. “Mouton’s behavior has no place in the sport of football or the Big Ten Conference.”

What is just as bothersome and unacceptable is Rich-Rod’s ignorant choice to let Mouton evade punishment prior to the league stepping in.

Blount was suspended for the entire season for his assault on the Boise State player opening week while Mouton’s actions earned a one game slap on the wrist.

Although Blount was much more aggressive in his incident, he was also provoked after his team suffered an embarrassing loss. Mouton initiated his attack unprovoked and many believe he should have received stiffer disiplinary action than the one game.

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U of M’s Rich Rod Following Notre Dame Path?

ANN ARBOR – In the infant stages of this NCAAF 2008 season, we’ve learned something about the Big Ten. They may soon be referred to as the “Little Ten” if their powerhouse teams don’t get off their asses and start playing some head-banging, Big Ten ball. Another early observation is that Ohio State doesn’t deserve to play for the NCAA Championship after getting their asses handed to them by the USC Trojans 35-3. That embarrassing performance earned OSU the SportsClimax.COM “Bitch-Slap-of-the-Week”.

Then there is the disappointing, lackluster Michigan Wolverines. During the off-season, when Michigan lost the Terrelle Pryor sweepstakes to their rival Buckeye’s, many people threw in the towel and knew it was going to be a rebuilding process; but Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez should not be waving his white flag this early in the season.

After losing his debut in the Big House to underdog Utah and dropping another to Notre Dame, Rich Rod and his new-look Wolverines are off to a shaky start. Rebuilding or not, when you take over a program with the prestige and pride of the University of Michigan, a rebuilding year should include a major bowl berth since the bowl season is watered down to mediocrity.

When a major program like the Wolverines need a rebuilding year, it shouldn’t look at Notre Dame’s 3-9 garbage season last year as an acceptable standard.

After watching Steven Threet at QB over the first three games, he doesn’t possess the tools for the spread offense or possibly any offense in the Big Ten. With his lack of accuracy and throwing arm and less than average mobility, he plays more like a Mid-American conference QB in a Big Ten uniform.

Rodriguez should see that. Why not let him take more snaps under center. When Threet did line up and take some snaps in one offensive series against Miami OH, the Wolverines played to their strengths and pounded the ball down their throats for a touchdown.

Rodriguez clearly wants to implant his offense and continues to force it without players who fit that scheme and because of that, the offense is sputtering.

Michigan has 13 offensive lineman over 280 pounds who control the line of scrimmage. They have two halfbacks, Brandon Minor and Kevin Grady, who are skilled and powerful runners weighing 214 and 228 pounds respectively, who have only carried the ball a combined fifteen times.

Sam McGuffie, 5 ft. 11 in., 185 lbs, has carried the ball 50 times. McGuffie is great in open space and should get his touches through screens and other open field plays. Why hand a runner like McGuffie the ball on 3rd and short from the shotgun and expect him to grind out the yards. And somebody needs to tell Coach Rodriguez that fakes to his halfback from the shotgun is getting zero respect from a defense; especially in the bullshit situational parts of the game.

This is the University of Michigan and Rodriguez has been a disappointment because of his lack of commitment to win football games. No one wants to see his spread offense for an entire game when the team lacks the weapons to make it work effectively. This offense needs to take more snaps under center and allow their size to be a factor instead of playing against their strengths.

That offense has potential to dominate when Shavodrick Beaver is running it next year. Beaver, out of Texas, has made a verbal commitment for next year and has been evaluated has a highly athletic quarterback and compares to Dennis Dixon in size and skill.

I believe in R.R. to bring glory back to the University of Michigan in the future. Coach Lloyd Carr hit a plateau and wasn’t taking the team to the elite level of competition expected by the Michigan faithful. In his last five years, Coach Carr was 1-4 in bowl games, got swept in BCS games and had a record of 1-4 against Ohio State.

Coach R.R. is capable of leading Michigan back to the elite stage but he shouldn’t use this rebuilding year as an excuse to lose football games. Michigan is a school that reeks with prestige and pride.

Kansas City Chiefs Coach Herb Edwards said, “You play to win the game”. Coach Rodriguez needs to think about Edward’s comment every Saturday and remember he is wearing maize and blue.

The next few games are against Big Ten rivals, Wisconsin and Illinois. If Rodriguez isn’t careful, he may be staring a 1-5 record right in the face . . . on his way to a Notre Dame-like rebuilding season.

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