It only seems as if ESPN hires every football coach who is between jobs. One of the most intriguing of this year’s crop landed at CBS Sports Network: former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez.
Rich Rod is in the studio this week for preview shows but in September he will hit the road as a game analyst, beginning with Purdue vs. Rice on Sept. 10.
“It’s kind of like a second career,’’ he said. “I’m diving in with both feet.’’
That does not mean Rodriguez, 48, is through with coaching.
“I still have the itch,’’ he said, adding he has another “dozen or 15 years left in coaching.’’
To get another major gig, Rodriguez will have to overcome the unpleasant finish of his stormy three-year term in Ann Arbor, where his record was 15-22 and he ran afoul of NCAA rules, notably the ones that restrict practice time.
Rodriguez acknowledged there are lessons he will take from the experience to his next coaching job, but he admitted leaving Michigan when he did was painful given the program is set up to succeed now.
“Our biggest frustration was the work we did the first three years led to this year and next year,’’ he said. “I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a level of frustration.’’