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“I didn™t cross the border from West Virginia and start taking stupid pills,” declared Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez at a LIvonia, MI banquet last night, insisting that he considered his 5-7 Wolverines to be “champions”. If you suspect something’s a bit screwy about the highly paid educator’s sense of perspective, you’ve not heard anything yet. From the Detroit Free-Press’ Mark Snyder :

œIt™s really kind of ironic that the New Orleans Saints overcame the hurricane a few years back, Rodriguez said, referring to Hurricane Katrina, which damaged large sections of the Gulf Coast in 2005. œI used to live and coach in New Orleans for a couple years, and I know how devastated that city is and how they overcome and rebuild the stadium and rebuild the program.

œAnd we™ve had a few hurricanes of our own. We had a big hurricane in August, and it kind of hit us like a ton of bricks. But you had 120 young men and a bunch of people on the staff that said this is not going to tear our program apart. “

By “a big hurricane in August”, Rodriguez is no doubt referring to allegations his program had violated NCAA guidelines regarding off-seasons workouts..