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October 14, 2013
The 50-year-old was just 15-22 in three seasons with the Wolverines before taking a break from coaching and eventually landing at Arizona. In most interviews Rodriguez has said he never got quite the support and time he wanted from the Michigan administration, but there was always a sense that he was holding back just a bit.
Rodriguez was uncut and forthcoming about his time in Ann Arbor in an interview (embedded above) with Seth Davis that aired Monday.
"Had I been more open," Rodriguez said, "maybe I would've seen some things that were happening that were kind of undermining the program and what we were trying to do from Day 1.
"If you've got your own people that aren't rooting for you or aren't helping you build a program, and pulling the rope in different directions, that makes it more difficult. ? I found out a whole lot more things after I left?"
Now in his second season with the Wildcats, and coming off an 8-5 season capped by a victory in the New Mexico Bowl, Rodriguez is trying to build a winner similar to his glory days at West Virginia. The Wildcats are off to a 3-2 start in 2013.
Arizona has a reputation as a "basketball school," something he did not have at West Virginia and Michigan, but Rodriguez said, "At least we're known for something."
Rodriguez said building a program is "a slow process," but is confident in the infrastructure and staff in place.
"It may take a little longer here than maybe a traditional power to build the kind of players we want, but it's coming. It's coming," he added.
Watch the video above for more on Rodriguez's rocky time at Michigan, which included "a bunch of BS" NCAA violations, his recollection of the break-up at West Virginia, and more.