What is it with noob coaches bitching about negative recruiting these days?
Now it’s Rich Rodriguez and his staff who are whining.
… “There’s more and more negative recruiting all across the board than there’s ever been,” coach Rich Rodriguez said. “There’s always been some, but to the level to which they go now is probably heightened, and I think it’s because of the coaches feeling that they have to do that to get a young man. I don’t think you have to.”
Michigan quarterbacks coach Rod Smith , who played a key role in much of the recruiting, said he experienced a great deal of negative recruiting.
“It’s sad, it really is, but at the same time it’s out there,” he said. “It’s some people’s tactics. To me, if you’ve got to bash someone, you’re hiding something you don’t want to reveal.”
Smith offered some examples of negative recruiting.
• “Everybody talks about the weather — that got worn out.”
The best thing about this? The weather really did suck this year for recruits.
The weather failed to cooperate during some of Michigan’s key recruiting weekends.
“It seemed like every weekend we had here in January, it was either the record coldest January or biggest snowfall in January,” coach Rich Rodriguez said. “A couple of (the recruits), I told them, ‘Can you believe it snowed here in Ann Arbor? Its the first time in five years in January.’ I don’t think they believed me.”
Can you believe it snowed here in Ann Arbor? In January? What was he telling kids before he got them to take their visits – that it was just like south Florida without the palm trees?