In John U. Bacon’s 2011 guide, “Three and Out: Wealthy Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines within the Crucible of Faculty Soccer,” there’s an ironic quote on web page 34.
“While you’re making an attempt to construct a program, you undergo 4 phases. You lose large, you lose shut, you win shut, and eventually you begin successful large.”
That’s what Bobby Bowden informed Rodriguez when he labored his summer time camps at Florida State. It wound up completely describing how issues went for Rodriguez at Glenville State, the place that gave him his first head teaching job, and the place he created the read-option as one of many innovators of the unfold offense.
Then got here Tulane and Clemson, the place he ran the offense and coached the quarterbacks. Up subsequent was West Virginia, Michigan, and Arizona. Rodriguez spent the 2019 season because the offensive coordinator at Ole Miss, and now has that very same position at Louisiana-Monroe – a program that was 0-10 this previous yr and hasn’t had a successful season since 2012.
“Lose large, lose shut, win shut, win large” isn’t simply the system for how one can construct a school soccer program, it’s additionally type of completely describes Rodriguez’s profession, as he began from the underside, made it to the highest, and is again on the backside making an attempt to win shut, or large, once more.
The height of Rodriguez’s profession got here at West Virginia as he gathered a 60-26 file in his seven seasons. And though a 13-9 loss to Pitt in 2007 value them a shot at taking part in within the nationwide championship recreation, it was West Virginia’s efficiency on the nationwide stage that made him the most well liked teaching prospect within the land when the Mountaineers beat Oklahoma 48-28 within the Fiesta Bowl.
Don’t overlook that Rodriguez had Pat White, Steve Slaton, and Noel Devine in some of the thrilling offenses the game had ever seen.
The valley of Rodriguez’s profession occurred after he left West Virginia, as he went 15-22 in three seasons at Michigan and 43-35 in six seasons at Arizona. In his last three seasons with the Mountaineers, Rodriguez gained at the least 10 video games yearly. However he would solely hit the double-digit win mark as soon as in his 9 seasons with the Wolverines and Wildcats.
At Louisiana-Monroe, Wealthy Rod will probably be reunited with the Bowden household as Terry Bowden – Bobby’s son – is the top coach. They’re hoping to lose large, lose shut, win shut, after which begin successful large.