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September 1, 2009 | staff and wire reports
Michigan football Coach Rich Rodriguez said Monday that his program has abided by NCAA rules, despite allegations from anonymous players and former players who say the team has practiced far beyond the time allowed. "We know the rules," Rodriguez said, "and we follow the rules." At a news conference in Ann Arbor, Rodriguez became emotional and had to gather himself several times with glassy eyes as he denied any wrongdoing. "I guess I'm here to tell you that whatever you've heard or want to believe, the truth is that this coaching staff cares very deeply about the young men in our program," he said.
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September 4, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Football is serious business but offers enough unintentionally funny moments to occasionally split your sides. Labor Day weekend's laugh track featured California's coaching staff accusing the opponent of faking injuries to slow down its offense. Now wasn't that rich, as in Rodriguez. First-year Cal Coach Sonny Dykes, who led the nation's highest flying offense last year at Louisiana Tech, thought Northwestern players were purposely cramping up to cramp Cal's style - and the fact that Cal somehow managed to run 99 plays in a 44-30 loss didn't dampen the premise.
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January 31, 2008 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
The Wheeling Nailers, a minor league hockey team in West Virginia, are running a "Shred Rich Rodriguez" promotion Saturday night. The club is offering discounted tickets to any fan who brings in a newspaper article or picture of the former West Virginia football coach who left the Mountaineers for Michigan. The articles and photos will be placed in a paper shredder.
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November 2, 2012 | By Chris Foster
Matt Scott is alive and apparently well. The Arizona quarterback briefly became the topic of national discussion this week, but not for the mega-yards he has accumulated or the marquee 39-36 victory over USC last Saturday that may have revived his football team's season. People were talking instead because Scott took a hit to the head before he vomited on the field late in the USC game. Following a timeout, Scott then threw what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown pass.
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September 9, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
The Jim Mora era at UCLA officially woke up Sunday morning to news that the Bruins were back in the rankings for the first time since 2007. UCLA's 36-30 win over Nebraska, then ranked No. 16, at the Rose Bowl on Saturday evening vaulted the Bruins (2-0) to No. 22 in the latest Associated Press college football poll. It marks the first time UCLA has been ranked since it took a No. 7 rating into Utah in 2007, snapping a poll-less streak of 78 weeks. Upsets around the country caused a significant rearrangement of the latest rankings.
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April 24, 2003 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
With relievers Scot Shields and Francisco Rodriguez expected to be unavailable for the next several days, the Angels fortified their bullpen Wednesday by promoting minor league relievers Rich Rodriguez and Derrick Turnbow. Shields is expected to start Saturday, in place of the injured Kevin Appier. Francisco Rodriguez returned to his Venezuela home Wednesday, upon learning of the death of his grandmother.
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May 4, 2003 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
Pitching in the major leagues is enough of a blessing, but left-hander Rich Rodriguez is grateful for the chance to pitch for the Angels this season. For the first time in a pro career that started in 1984, he is pitching at home. And he is truly thankful for a second chance to resume a career after hearing two frightening words from doctors last year. The words were "blood clot," the stunning explanation for why a nagging blister refused to heal.
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August 22, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Michigan registered one first-place vote in the season's first Associated Press poll. The lone-wolf pick came from Big Ten country's Bob Asmussen, who covers Illinois for the Champaign News-Gazette. Those who think Asmussen should have his vote revoked must consider that the AP, for years, let Craig James scribble on his ballot with a crayon. Besides, Asmussen might be onto something. Michigan last season won 11 games for first-year Coach Brady Hoke and has Denard Robinson returning at quarterback.
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November 6, 2010 | By Mike Hiserman
You could say that Michigan and Illinois put up a basketball score Saturday, but that wouldn't be entirely true. The last three times these schools played basketball they didn't put up so many points. Michigan's 67-65 triple-overtime win over Illinois in a football game marked a school scoring record for the Wolverines, who have been suiting up for 131 years. It was also the highest-scoring game in major college football this season, and in the history of the Big Ten Conference.
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July 21, 1991 | BOB NIGHTENGALE
Padre reliever Rich Rodriguez couldn't believe his luck. There, included in his last paycheck, was another check for $5,000. "I thought, 'Great,' " Rodriguez said. " 'I wasn't expecting this.' But then I started checking around to see if other guys got bonuses, and no one else did. "That's when I found out something wasn't right." Rodriguez found out that the $5,000 check was a bonus for being in the major leagues for 90 days, a provision written into his contract.
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September 22, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Mike Bellotti saw the future of Oregon football almost a decade ago. The spread-option epiphany did not tap him lightly on the shoulder. "It just hit me right in the face," Bellotti, now an ESPN analyst, said this week. You can credit Oregon's former coach for making possible Saturday night's anticipated showdown of Arizona at Oregon. The game features two of the spread's most cutting-edge masterminds, Oregon Coach Chip Kelly and Arizona's Rich Rodriguez. If Rodriguez is the godfather of the offense, Kelly might be the godson.
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September 9, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
The Jim Mora era at UCLA officially woke up Sunday morning to news that the Bruins were back in the rankings for the first time since 2007. UCLA's 36-30 win over Nebraska, then ranked No. 16, at the Rose Bowl on Saturday evening vaulted the Bruins (2-0) to No. 22 in the latest Associated Press college football poll. It marks the first time UCLA has been ranked since it took a No. 7 rating into Utah in 2007, snapping a poll-less streak of 78 weeks. Upsets around the country caused a significant rearrangement of the latest rankings.
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August 22, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Michigan registered one first-place vote in the season's first Associated Press poll. The lone-wolf pick came from Big Ten country's Bob Asmussen, who covers Illinois for the Champaign News-Gazette. Those who think Asmussen should have his vote revoked must consider that the AP, for years, let Craig James scribble on his ballot with a crayon. Besides, Asmussen might be onto something. Michigan last season won 11 games for first-year Coach Brady Hoke and has Denard Robinson returning at quarterback.
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May 10, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
Spring football in the Pac 12 stretched out so long it nearly had to sign up for summer school. It finally ended last Saturday, on Cinco de Mora, with a ruby-red sunset over the Rose Bowl's west end. UCLA, a team that still has a lot of hay to bail, was last team in the barn. Rick Neuheisel, the former coach who left a quarterback son (Jerry) on the bench, watched as a proud pop from on high (the stands) as new Coach Jim Mora demanded more pop from his Bruins defense.
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October 13, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Friday, The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games: MORNING No. 11 Michigan (6-0) at No. 23 Michigan State (4-1) 9 a.m., ESPN Maybe Brady Hoke should run for president, because this guy can turn anything around. Hoke made Ball State better, San Diego State better and has made instant winners at Michigan out of Rich Rodriguez's leftovers.
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July 8, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
Ohio State's 2010 Big Ten Conference championship, its 12-1 season, its victories against rival Michigan and in the Sugar Bowl — all gone. Coach Jim Tressel is out and so is star quarterback Terrelle Pryor . Left behind: two years of self-imposed probation. The question now is whether it will be enough to save Ohio State football from more severe penalties in an upcoming trip to see the NCAA committee on infractions. In response to NCAA violations committed by football players who traded autographs and memorabilia for cash and tattoos — and by a coach who covered it up — Ohio State issued its official response Friday.
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July 1, 1992 | BOB NIGHTENGALE
Padre reliever Rich Rodriguez, wanting his role enhanced on the club, had a 30-minute closed-door meeting Tuesday with Padre Manager Greg Riddoch to vent his frustration. Rodriguez was particularly upset after being lifted in Monday's game against the Dodgers. He faced only two batters--issuing a walk and a hit--before he was taken out of the game in the 11th inning. The Padres wound up blowing their third lead of the night after Rodriguez left, suffering a 6-5 defeat in 11 innings.
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May 10, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
Spring football in the Pac 12 stretched out so long it nearly had to sign up for summer school. It finally ended last Saturday, on Cinco de Mora, with a ruby-red sunset over the Rose Bowl's west end. UCLA, a team that still has a lot of hay to bail, was last team in the barn. Rick Neuheisel, the former coach who left a quarterback son (Jerry) on the bench, watched as a proud pop from on high (the stands) as new Coach Jim Mora demanded more pop from his Bruins defense.
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November 6, 2010 | By Mike Hiserman
You could say that Michigan and Illinois put up a basketball score Saturday, but that wouldn't be entirely true. The last three times these schools played basketball they didn't put up so many points. Michigan's 67-65 triple-overtime win over Illinois in a football game marked a school scoring record for the Wolverines, who have been suiting up for 131 years. It was also the highest-scoring game in major college football this season, and in the history of the Big Ten Conference.
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September 27, 2010 | Wire reports
Michigan Coach Rich Rodriguez expects star quarterback Denard Robinson to be ready for practice this week when the 19th-ranked Wolverines begin preparations for Saturday's Big Ten opener at Indiana. Robinson injured his knee during Saturday's 65-21 victory over Bowling Green. "Denard should be fine. He's got a bruise," Rodriguez said. Rodriguez added that the sophomore should be ready for Tuesday's practice. Robinson was hurt on the first play of Michigan's third offensive series when he was tackled after a 47-yard run. He had already run for a pair of touchdowns on the Wolverines' first two possessions.
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