SN’s team previews: No. 18 Michigan
Lloyd Carr is out. Rich Rodriguez is in. And the world is watching.
It’s not just a coaching change in Ann Arbor. It’s a cultural change, too. Rodriguez isn’t a “Michigan man.” He isn’t a slave to Michigan traditions. He’s even installing a spread-option offense that he used to turn West Virginia into a national power.
Will this seemingly odd marriage work?
A success-starved fan base may not have patience to wait long to find out. If Rodriguez does just one thing in his debut, he must beat Ohio State. The Buckeyes have won six of the last seven meetings — including the past four — and played in the last two BCS title games. But it won’t be easy to ease the pain in Ann Arbor with a program in transition.